Court Stops Compulsory Covid Vaccination for Govt Services

December 15, 2021

The High court has suspended a government order requiring anyone seeking government services to provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination.

On 21 November, Health Minister Muathi Kagwe said the directive would apply to services such as public transportation, education, immigration, hospitals, prison visitation, entering national parks, hotels, and restaurants.

But on Tuesday, December 14, Justice Antony Mrima issued the conservatory order suspending the requirement. The judge was ruling in an application filed by businessman Enock Aura through lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui.

In his submission, Kinyanjui said that unless the directive is checked, thousands of tax-paying Kenyans will be denied access to government services which they have been funding without equal benefit.

“The decree by Kagwe purports to mandate that all Kenyans must be vaccinated with the covid-19 vaccine as a precondition to their continued accessing any in-person government of Kenya services. This is unlawful and the same should be reversed,” Aura said.

He also argued that every Kenyan has a right to protect their Health and safety.

The order will remain in force pending the hearing and determination of the petition by the businessman.

Justice Mrima directed the matter be heard on January 4.

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