The high court has given conservatory orders to prevent the government from putting in place the directive. That will require persons seeking in-person service from the government after 31st December 2021 to have proof of vaccination.
The court orders restricted the government from enforcing the directive. This until a petition that was filed challenging the issue is heard and determined. The orders were issued by Justice Antony Mrima earlier today.
The measures announced by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe. With the aim of coaxing vaccine sceptical citizens to get their doses. To get the vaccine before the end of the year.
“We must take cue from the rest of the world and learn from them. A worrisome epidemiological picture is emerging in European countries like the Netherlands, Austria, France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Australia, and the USA, where new COVID-19 surges are being observed despite successful vaccination campaigns,” he said.
Following the directive, a Nakuru based lawyer Clement Koigi moved to court. In a bid to stop the immunization exercise.
In an application filed in August, the lawyer claimed that the directive. That all civil servants have to undergo a mandatory Covid 19 vaccination. Equates to making vaccination compulsory for all public officers.
Court orders against mandatory vaccination directive
Koigi said that the directive violates the right to privacy of public officers. However Winnie Cheruiyot a state counsel told the Nakuru High Court. That the government would still go on vaccinating its staff.
She went on to add that Koigi did give enough evidence. To explain why the government should not go on with the vaccination process.
“Koigi’s case is based on assumptions that the vaccine is not safe and that it causes blood clots because there is no scientific fact proving his claim,” she said.
The government aims at speeding up the Covid 19 vaccination rates in the country. Announced to deny those who are yet to receive their vaccinations access to in-person government services.
If the implementation of the directive succeded it would affect the schools, public transport. Immigration services as well the visitation of hospitals and prisons.
With the implementation of the directive, Kenya would have joined other countries. That made the vaccination against the coronavirus mandatory for their citizens.
So far the government has administered about 8.1 million doses of vaccines. Since the start of the vaccination process. 3.2 million people have received the full doses. This represents 12% of the Kenyan adult population.