Premier league clubs based in Nairobi were the first to receive the first jab of a scheduled two of the AstraZeneca Vaccine as preparations towards the hopeful resumption of topflight football in the country began on Saturday 11 April.
Eleven clubs based in Nairobi kicked off the exercise at the MISC Kasarani gymnasium with the remaining seven clubs based out of the Capital set to receive their doses from Tuesday next week.
Matchday officials including referees and groundsmen were also vaccinated.
The initiative is part of the Ministry of Sports’ plans to have at least 3,000 athletes across all fields in the country receive the vaccination to help mitigate the high rise of Covid-19 infections that has threatened all sectors.
“Once you get vaccinated we take your vaccination ID and counter-check it with the Ministry. And if approved we as the federation will create a certificate for you which will have to be presented at every match,” FKF President Nick Mwendwa said.
The dates for the second jab, which should be administered at least 8 to 12 weeks after the first, are yet to be revealed.
For the second time in the past year, club football in the country was brought to a grinding halt when President Uhuru Kenyatta’s 15th public address on the Corona Virus pandemic on March 26 suspended all sporting activities.
With Saturday’s exercise, FKF is hopeful that it can be able to persuade the government to allow for the resumption of the league that at the time of suspension was on Matchday 16.