Old Mutual Kenya has partnered with Pfizer and Goodlife Pharmacy to offer Pneumococcal vaccination to all its insured members.
The vaccination drive targets Old Mutual’s over 65 years old and those living with chronic conditions Health members.
“The global community observed The World Pneumonia Day on 12th November 2022. Pneumonia is a significant public health problem in Kenya and is among the leading causes of death,” Old Mutual Health Ag. Managing Director Japheth Ogalloh said.
“We are pleased to partner with Pfizer and Goodlife to offer this lifesaving vaccine to our clients,” he said.
Pneumonia is an acute respiratory infection commonly caused by viruses or bacteria; it can cause mild to life-threatening illnesses in people of all ages. It is the single largest infectious cause of death in children worldwide.
“Pfizer is honored to be part of this partnership that is at the forefront of fighting invasive pneumococcal disease,” Pfizer Kenya Country Manager and East Africa Cluster Lead Anne Dembah said.
“We believe in the power of vaccines as a preventative tool against many diseases and have remained committed to helping reduce the impact of pneumococcal disease by investing in research and development to deliver breakthroughs that change the lives of patients with pneumococcal disease,” She added.
In 2011, Kenya became the 1st African country to introduce the Pneumococcal vaccine in its national childhood vaccination program.
The vaccine is given in 3–4 doses within the first 18 months of the baby’s life, the vaccine is now a standard offering in all insurance products, but only for children.
“Goodlife Pharmacy Africa is excited about this partnership with Old Mutual as we deliver quality healthcare and wellness to all.”
“With close to 120 pharmacy stores spread across Kenya and Uganda, we are committed to deliver affordable and accessible preventative care which underlines this vaccination exercise,” Goodlife Pharmacy Africa Chief Executive Officer Amaan Khalfan added.
In addition to the Pneumococcal vaccine, Old Mutual shall also offer Influenza vaccine which protects against Influenza virus, another common viral cause of Pneumonia.