President Akufo-Addo will be the first person to receive the COVID 19 vaccines in Ghana , presidential advisor on health Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare has said.
The move according to the presidential advisor on health is to allay the fears of the public that the vaccine are safe.
Dr Nsiah-Asare said “President Akufo-Addo will be the first to be vaccinated. This is to assure Ghanaians that the vaccine are safe and any other reactions like headache, dizziness, or pains are all usual with every vaccination”, he assured.
He also revealed government will introduce an applications and call centers for booking and monitoring of the exercise
“We are even thinking of introducing apps, so that people can book for the vaccinations. We will also set up call centers and send SMS to people on the dates and times of their vaccination”
He called on Ghanaians to avail themselves for vaccination when the vaccination begins next month.
“We encourage everyone to avail themselves for the vaccine. It is safe and we want other Ghanaian abroad to also put out their videos to encourage others in Ghana”.
Some 20 million Ghanaians are expected to be vaccinated in the exercise which begins in March.
Ghana on Wednesday took delivery of 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India (Covishield).
This is the first consignment of vaccines acquired through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX) which Ghana, among 92 countries, has signed unto.
A statement issued by the information ministry says the COVID-19 vaccination will be conducted in phases among segmented populations.
It says “The first segment of the population that will receive from the 600,000 doses will be health workers, adults 60 years and over, people with underlying health conditions, frontline executive, legislature, judiciary and their related staff, frontline security personnel, some religious leaders, essential workers, teachers and other personalities in Greater Accra Metro including Awutu Senya and Awutu Senya East in the Central Region. A similar segmented population in the Greater Kumasi Metro and Obuasi municipality will also be covered.”
The vaccines will be deployed in health facilities and designated centres in in these geographical regions from 2nd March.
The statement says Ghana remains resolute at ensuring the welfare of all Ghanaians and is making frantic efforts to acquire adequate vaccines to cover the entire population through bilateral and multi-lateral agencies.
“We urge you to do your part by ensuring that you get vaccinated when the vaccine gets to you. We acknowledge the hard work of the technical teams from the Ghana Health Service, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Information, the COVID-19 Task Force and all those who have assisted in getting us this far.”
Government commended its Development Partners for their tremendous financial and technical support.
“It is our hope that they will continue to support us in our sustained efforts in combating this virus and putting COVID-19 behind us”.