Sarova Hotels and Resorts has announced that unvaccinated Kenyans will be denied service at its facilities across the country starting December 21st 2021.
The move comes following an announcement by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe that unvaccinated Kenyans will be denied government service.
On November 21st 2021, Kagwe said that Kenyans without proof of vaccination against Covid-19 will be locked out of government services under rules that seek to boost uptake of the jabs and bring the pandemic under control.
The Health CS said that everyone seeking government services must be fully vaccinated to keep infection rates lower and avoid lockdowns, which triggered layoffs and contraction of the economy last year.
The Health Ministry stated that proof of vaccination will be ranked equally with other State documents such as Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) when in need of government services.
The Health CS seeks to bar unvaccinated Kenyans from making critical transactions such as registration of land titles, approval of development plans, transfer and licensing of motor vehicles, and registration of business names and companies.
“Everybody seeking in-person government services should be fully vaccinated and have proof of vaccination by December 21, 2021. Such services will include but not limited to KRA services, Education, Immigration services, hospital and prison visitation NTSA (National Transport Services Authority) and port services among others,” Kagwe said.
The Health CS said those who fail to take vaccines will also be denied access to public transport, hotels, nightclubs and other crowded venues ahead of Christmas.
Mr Kagwe did not offer details on how Kenya will implement the need for a Covid-19 pass as many countries across the globe increasingly implement the rule as a way of opening up and letting people travel.
Sarova Hotels and Resorts has since announced that they will implement the directive by the Health Ministry starting December 21st.
“As announced by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Health in a statement dated 21 November 2021, the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus (NERC) has directed that with effect from 21 December 2021, it will be a mandatory for guests to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination prior to use of our facilities. This requirement applies to all guests 18 years and above,” Sarova Hotels and Resorts announced.