By: Vincent Moracha
Despite the widespread recognition that Covid-19 is a critical issue to people all around the globe, many people remain unwilling to be vaccinated against the deadly virus which has ravaged the world for approximately two years now. Most of the people who have remained unwilling to receive the jab in Kenya are the youth mostly due to the inadequate sensitization of the youth on the benefits of getting the jab by the relevant government authorities.
The government through the ministry of health needs to give priority to addressing issues of trust in both the vaccines and the institutions responsible for the vaccination exercise as most Kenyan youth lack trust in the government institutions which most of them deem unable to provide quality services to the common people.
The government needs to promote confidence among the youth on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines by countering the widespread disinformation of on the use of the vaccines which has been triggered by the increased levels of distrust in the capacity of the government to handle the crisis which has in turn resulted in the decline in the compliance with the covid related rules.
The government needs also to generate youth centred materials such as online concerts and programmes that will directly address the vaccination concerns among the youth as with proper sensitization. Most youths in Kenya will be willing to receive a dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine since they will believe it is safe. Dissemination of consistent and clear information by the relevant government entities and other Frontline healthcare workers regarding the need for benefits of vaccination will play a critical role in encouraging the youth to get the COVID-19 vaccine.