Shujaa, Lionesses next in line for COVID19 Jab

Kenyan National rugby sides Shujaa and Lionesses are next in line to receive the COVID19 vaccine after the Kenya U20 (Chipu) and the Kenya Simbas received theirs on Thursday 8th April 2021. “The first batch of 90 rugby players who are provisional members of the Chipu (Kenya U20 Team) and Simbas (Kenya Senior Men Team) received their vaccine on Thursday 8th April 2021,” reads a statement from the KRU Chair, Oduor Gangla to the newsrooms.

The Lionesses and Shujaa are back in the country after taking part in two Tokyo Olympic Games prep tournaments, the Emirates Invitational 7s, and are scheduled to receive the vaccination on Tuesday 13th April.

“For players in the top division of the men and women league, their vaccination is tentatively scheduled for 14th April 2021,” reads the statement.

Further, the Union adds that they are in working with clubs out of the capital to roll out a similar vaccination program for non-Nairobi based players working closely with the county governments in the respective jurisdiction.

The Athletes vaccination program is a partnership between the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, Ministry of Health, and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS). The exercise began on Thursday 8 April 2021 with specific priority to Teams participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, all personnel working on the WRC/FIA Safari Rally Kenya, World Athletics Under 20 Championships, World Athletics Continental Tour, the Rugby Barthes Cup, all Sports SAGAS, specifically Sports Kenya, the Kenya Academy of Sports, Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya, Sports, Arts, and Social Development Fund and all Ministry of Sports frontline staffers.

The Kenya Rugby Union is expected to host the Barthes Cup later in June this year, while the Lionesses and Shujaa will continue with their Tokyo Olympic Games preparations thus underlining the importance of the vaccination program. The Simbas are also expected to take part in Rugby World Cup Qualifiers.

The statement is a clarification on the status and progress of the program for rugby players and personnel after “excerpts of a television interview in the local media that did not capture the complete status of the ongoing COVID19 vaccination program for rugby athletes” made rounds.

“We wish to apologize unreservedly to the Cabinet Secretary Amb. (Dr) Amina Mohamed and the staff of the Ministry for the unintended adverse perception created by the edited interview to the effect that MOSCH was not supportive of the KRU. The KRU affirms and appreciates the solid support it has received from the MOSCH as part of the Return to Play Protocol in this very challenging environment as well as the continuous facilitation of our national teams’ preparations for (i) the Olympics and (ii) international events such as the Barthes Cup and the Rugby World Cup qualifiers.” reads the statement.

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