Covid-19 vaccination ambassador, Celestine Donkor has urged persons who are sceptical about taking the vaccines to consider their health and take their jabs.
The award-winning musician indicated that although she has received negative feedback about her vaccination advocacy, she intends to use her brand to influence people to get inoculated.
She was given the ambassadorial role on Friday, October 22, 2021, by the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
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Celestine is expected to use her influence, social status, and platforms to conscientise people on the coronavirus pandemic and to help advance the cause at hand, especially in the wake of the Omicron variant.
Speaking to JoyNews at the sidelines of the launch of December as the Covid-19 vaccination month in Accra, the songstress encouraged Ghanaians to disregard all conspiracy theories around the vaccines.
“One of [my fans] said, Celestine, did you consult God? If you know what the vaccine is doing to people spiritually and physically, you wouldn’t have told us to go for it. So I tell them that look, that was the same reaction our parents gave to polio but eventually, we took it.”
“We are all scared but we need to get the right information, trust the authorities and that this thing [the vaccine] is not harmful. What shall I say unto Ghanaians; go and take the vaccine [because] it’s safe and effective,” she said.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) has equally assured the public of the safety of the Covid-19 vaccines.
In a press release issued by the group on December 1, the Society expressed worry over the hesitation by some Ghanaians to vaccinate, citing conspiracy theories and myths surrounding the vaccines as reasons for the refusal to vaccinate.
“The PSGH assures the public that Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective in reducing severe disease, hospitalisation, and death. While no vaccine is 100% protective, the above benefits are compelling for pharmacists to advocate for its use.
We wish to reiterate that Covid-19 vaccines go through rigorous, multi-stage testing processes, including studies that involve tens of thousands of people, and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and Ghana Health Service (GHS) have strong measures in place to help ensure the safety of all Covid-19 vaccines,” part of the statement reads.