Govt. kicks off HPV, Covid 19 vaccination drive in schools

Schools Education FDSE

In efforts to ramp up the fight against Covid-19, the government has accelerated its vaccine rollout campaign in schools.

A memo emanating from the Education Ministry office reveals that the government has also incorporated vaccination of girls aged between 10 and 14 years against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

Signed by Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang on June 26, the Memo states that County Directors and Sub-County Directors of education were authorized to participate in the planned targeted outreaches for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines and Covid 19 vaccination for high-risk groups.

Implementation of HPV vaccines and Covid 19 vaccination targeted outreaches in schools was scheduled for July 3 to September 15, 2023.

This is in response to Principal Secretary State Department for Medical Services, Ministry of Health Harry Kimtai’s letter of ref MoH/ADM/1/1/2 dated June 12, 2023.

“According to experts, the HPV vaccine is effective against most HPV strains, which account for more than 70 percent of cervical cancer cases.” The Memo partly stated

HPV vaccines will ensure that girls are protected against cervical cancer and are given in two doses, 6 months apart.

By Thuita Jaswant

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