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COVID-19 vaccination in Ashanti Region to start on March 2

The Ashanti Regional directorate of the Ghana Health Service has announced that the vaccination exercise against COVID-19 will commence across the region from Tuesday, 2 March 2021.

The exercise is expected to take place in the 14 districts within Greater Kumasi, which were among the places that were locked down by the government in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country.

The districts are Ejisu, Asokore Mampong , Oforikrom, Kumasi, Asokwa, Bosomtwe, Kwabere East, Old Tafo, Suame, Afigya Kwabere, South, Kwadaso, Atwima Nwabiagya North, Atwimah Kwawoma and Atwima Nwabiagya South.
The Regional Health Director, Dr Emmanuel Tenkorang, told the media at a press conference on Wednesday, 24 February 2021 that the vaccination will be embarked on in phases.

He said the first phase will start on 2 March and target four groups including frontline health workers, security agencies, persons aged over 60 and all persons with chronic diseases.

He indicated that the region is expecting the delivery of 2 million vaccines in order to begin the vaccination exercise.

Dr Tenkorang noted that the health workers expected to undertake the exercise will be trained to build their capacities and know the mode of delivery of the vaccine.

The exercise, he said, will take place at all the health facilities including private health facilities and those who will be vaccinated need to come with a national identity card since the date will be taken.

He is therefore urging traditional leaders and the media to cooperate with the ministry of health to intensify public education on the vaccination exercise

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