90,000 health workers outside COVID-19 epicentres to be vaccinated – GHS

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) will from Monday, March 22, begin the vaccination of 90,000 health workers outside the Covid-19 epicentres in the country.

The GHS said it would create two vaccination centres in each district to speed up the immunization exercise.

On Tuesday, March 2, the GHS started vaccinating people with underlying health conditions, those who are 60 years and above, members of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, as well as media practitioners in epicentres of the coronavirus disease.

The Director-General of the GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, in an update on the Covid-19 vaccination programme on Sunday, said the Service had so far vaccinated 468,581 people as of March 21.

Out of the figure, 1,575 people reported minor adverse effects, including headaches, fever, pains at injection spot and general bodily pains.

According to him, out of the total 260,954 people who were vaccinated in the Greater Accra Region, 126,165 were females and 134,789 males.

In the Ashanti Region, out of the 195,449 vaccinated, 110,120 were females and 84,729 males.

The Central Region vaccinated 12,178 people, comprising 6,182 females and 5,996 males.

The government commenced inoculation of Covid-19 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines in 43 districts in the Greater Accra, Central and Ashanti regions, which are regarded as the epicentres of the respiratory disease.

Dr Kuma-Aboagye stated that no incident of blood clotting was reported during its Adverse Events Monitoring Investigations. He said contrary to reports of blood clotting in some European countries, Ghana’s vaccination programme was well patronized with over 400,000 people receiving their first jab of the vaccine.

According to Dr Kuma-Aboagye the vaccines were under Emergency Use Authorisation and were not supposed to be administered by private individuals.

He, therefore, urged the public to report anyone selling or administering doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to any person at a fee for immediate arrest.

So far, the Police have arrested three persons for selling and administering the vaccines without authorisation.

Dr Kuma-Aboagye said, in the coming weeks, the GHS would take delivery of more vaccines from the COVAX facility and the African Medicine Platform.

The government expects to administer 42 million doses of the vaccines to 20 million Ghanaians with each adult taking two jabs to create herd immunity within the population.




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