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Street families want to be considered for Covid jab

About 80 street families living in Narok town have pleaded with the department of Health to prioritize vaccinating them because they are more vulnerable to Coronavirus.

The street children who spoke during a food and clothing distribution exercise said they find it difficult to mingle with other citizens in long queues at hospitals because of their dirty looks as they can easily be suspected to be criminals.

Felix Omondi, a street boy said they were living in fear of contracting Covid-19 saying they have seen even the mighty succumb to the disease.

“We are told that one way to stay safe from Covid-19 is to be vaccinated. No street person in Narok town has been vaccinated because people despise us when we queue with them,” he said.

Omondi consequently called on the County Government to make plans for administering the jab to the various families that were living in the streets who are in danger of being exposed to coronavirus.

Another street boy David Lemaiyan said they have heard of the jab but they have never had an opportunity to be vaccinated.

He passionately called on the officers in charge to visit them in the streets and help them access the life-saving jab that they believe will reduce their chances of getting infected by the virus.

“Some of us would not wish to be in the streets, but because of our backgrounds, we found ourselves in the streets. In fact there are many children who were born and raised in the streets and do not know any other home except the streets, we beg to be remembered when other citizens are being vaccinated,” Lemaiyan said.

The food and clothing donation was given by various humanitarian groups in the county and distributed by the Narok Peace Association group.

Narok peace ambassador Joshua Ole Kaputa reiterated the need to prioritize the vulnerable persons while giving the Covid-19 jab.

By Ann Salaton

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