The Ghana Health Service (GHS) will today, March 2, begin the vaccination of Covid-19 for some targeted persons in the fight against the pandemic.
This comes after President Akufo-Addo, his Vice Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and their spouses received their jabs publicly yesterday.
The rollout is the first phase of a plan to vaccinate at least 20 million of the population.
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For the government, this is a giant step towards protecting citizens and winning the fight against the pandemic.
“The vaccine will help protect us against the impact of Covid-19 on our health. It is also a major catalyst restoring livelihoods and the national economy to the robust level it belongs,” President Akufo-Addo stated.
Whilst it not compulsory to receive the vaccine, President Akufo-Addo has encouraged that all Ghanaians take the jab stressing its efficacy.
President Akufo-Addo sets the example by taking the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine in the country.
“As President, I want to assure that the vaccine is safe.”
Some Ghanaians have already expressed concern, even after the President’s public inoculation.
“I am not ready to take the jab, as it stands now, I want to wait a while, maybe two or three months to see the reaction from those that took it first,” someone told JoyNews‘ Fred Smith.
Another said: “We’ve heard the news that they want to depopulate Africa so how sure are we that this is not part of that plan.”
“Looking back, they did not provide any vaccine for HIV/AIDs, malaria also came and they did not provide any vaccine for malaria, so I see no reason why Covid-19 came and all of a sudden vaccine is provided,” another noted.
The Vice President, Dr Mahamud Bawumia who has also been vaccinated, has described the conspiracy theories surrounding the vaccine as false and misleading.
“We are asking all Ghanaians to be cooperative in this process of vaccination, please don’t listen to the nay sayings. It is not going to change your DNA or have all these effects that they are talking about in the conspiracy,” Dr Bawumia advised.
Member of the executive, legislature, the judiciary, citizens above 60-years-old, persons with underlining health conditions, frontline health workers, front security officers and the members of the media are amongst persons expected to be vaccinated.