The Ministry of Health through a statement by CS Mutahi Kagwe has directed that Kenyans seeking in person government services will now be required to show proof of full vaccination beginning December 21st.

The services will include KRA services, education, immigration, hospital and prison visitations, NTSA and port services.

The statement further indicated that Kenyans will also be required to provide proof of full vaccination when seeking transport services. These include domestic flights, the SGR and when boarding matatus and buses.

Similarly, drivers, conductors, boda boda riders, pilots and cabin crew will be required to be fully vaccinated and carry proof of vaccination at all times.

“We are also appealing to the interfaith council to meet and address this matter in their own way, in a manner that we have asked them to coordinate so that they can also form an integral part in this exercise. In public spaces, you must show proof for admission into national parks and game reserves, hotels, bars and restaurants,” read an excerpt from the statement by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

The measures will also require all businesses including small and medium enterprises with more than 50 people a day to put up signage requiring proof of vaccination before entry into the premises. The patrons of these establishments will also be required to be fully vaccinated.

According to the new directives, all indoor gatherings will be limited to two thirds capacity with proof of COVID-19 vaccination of all attendance. Visitors or tourists from the European region must also be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination before entry.

“We have seen what is happening in Europe and we want to be compliant with the international community so that we have a safe population,” said Tourism and Wildlife CS Najib Balala.

The CS advised all those travelling to be wary of Covid-19 symptoms and seek medical care immediately to protect their loved ones. The new measures and conditions are in line with government efforts to vaccinate the entire Kenyan adult population by end of next year.

Across the globe, governments are debating on whether to impose restrictions ahead of the festive season with some such as Austria going back to lockdowns. This is amid worries that the festive season might cause a surge in infections as people travel and have increased physical interactions with each other.