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COVID-19: 600K Ghanaians to be vaccinated beginning today

The Ghana Health Service will this morning(Tuesday) begin vaccination of 600,000 Ghanaians against the Coronavirus disease.

The vaccination exercise will take place in 43 districts in the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Central Regions.

This forms the phase to vaccinate at least 20 million Ghanaians across the country.

President Akufo Addo and his wife, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and his Wife publicly took the vaccine at the 37 Military Hospital and Police Hospital respectively to convince people to get the jab.

Below is the list of priority persons

Group 1 

  • Persons most at risk and frontline State officials
  • Healthcare workers
  • Frontline security personnel
  • Persons with underlying medical conditions
  • Persons 60 years and above
  • Frontline members of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary

Group 2

  • Other essential service providers and the rest of the security agencies
  • 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
  • Waste management services
  • Media
  • Public and private commercial transport services
  • Police Service
  • Armed Forces
  • Prisons Service
  • Immigration Service
  • National Fire Service
  • CEPS Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority
  • Other members of the Executive, Judiciary, and Legislature

Group 3

Consists of the rest of the public, that is all persons over 18 years, except for pregnant women.

Group 4

This final group will include 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 according to the President.

President Akufo-Addo Sunday night dispelled rumours that the vaccines cause infertility in both men and women.

“As your President, I want to assure you that the vaccine is safe. That is why tomorrow, on Monday, 1st March, ahead of the commencement of the vaccination programme on Tuesday, 2nd March, my wife the First Lady, the Vice President, his wife the Second Lady, and I will take the vaccine publicly at two (2) health facilities in Accra,” President Akufo-Addo said during his 24th address to the nation on measures being taken to curb the coronavirus disease.

Ghana took delivery of the first shipment of 600,000 AstraZeneca doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Covax on Friday.

Covax has said it would deliver two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally by the end of 2021.

“These 600,000 Covax vaccines are part of an initial tranche of deliveries of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine licensed to the Serum Institute of India, which represent part of the first wave of Covid vaccines headed to several low and middle-income countries,” said UNICEF, which organised the shipment from Mumbai, in a joint statement with the WHO.

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