Nairobi, 07 September, 2021 / 10:20 am (ACI Africa).
Members of the Kenya Catholic Doctors’ Association (KCDA) are advocating for voluntary participation in the COVID-19 vaccination in the country, saying that any move to force people to get inoculated is “unethical and in bad taste.”
An earlier directive by the government in Kenya required all civil servants in the East African country to get the first jab of COVID-19 vaccine by August 23, failure to which they would have their salaries and allowances stopped.
In their Sunday, September 5 statement, the Kenyan medics call for support for those who express their reluctance to get inoculated and those who oppose it altogether.
“We strongly oppose the said directive and opine that it is not only illegal, but unethical and in bad taste. We advocate for voluntary enrolment in the ongoing COVID-19 investigational vaccine trials,” the medics says in the statement signed by their chairperson, Dr. Wahome Ngare.
They add, “Public servants and other Kenyans who opt for early treatment as opposed to participating in the clinical trials should be offered as much support with relevant medication being made available in all public hospitals and government dispensaries free of charge.”