VIDEO : John Mahama, Asantehene others takes COVID 19 jab

Former President John Mahama on Monday recieved his vaccination against COVID 19 at the Police Hospital in Accra.

His wife Lordina Mahama also took his turn to receive the vaccine in a move that will pave way for other dignitaries to take the vaccine.

The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II also took the COVID 19 vaccine at the Manhyia palace. His wife lady Julia also took the jab moments later.

Roll out plan

Ghana is the first country in the world to take delivery of vaccines under the COVAX facility.

President Akufo-Addo said Group 1 is categorised as “persons most at risk and frontline State officials”.

This includes healthcare workers, frontline security personnel, persons with underlying medical conditions, persons 60 years and above, and frontline members of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary.

Group 2 is made up of other essential service providers and the rest of the security agencies.

It includes water and electricity supply services, teachers and students, supply and distribution of fuels, farmers and food value chain, telecommunications services, air traffic and civil aviation control services, meteorological services, air transport services and waste management services.

The second category also includes the media, public and private commercial transport services, the Police Service, Armed Forces, Prisons Service, Immigration Service, National Fire Service, CEPS Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, and other members of the Executive, Judiciary, and Legislature.

Group 3 consists of the rest of the general public, that is all persons over 18 years, except for pregnant women.

Group 4, which the final group includes pregnant mothers and persons under the age of 18, and they will be vaccinated when an appropriate vaccine, hopefully, is found, or when enough safety data on the present vaccines are available. Special arrangements will be made for persons with disabilities who fall within these groups.

From Tuesday 2 March to Monday 15 March 2021, the Ghana Health Service will begin the deployment of 600,000 AstraZeneca vaccines.

The exercise is expected to be conducted in 43 districts, which are the epi-centres of the pandemic in the country.

They are 25 districts in Greater Accra, 16 in Ashanti and two in the Central Region.

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