COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Ghana on Wednesday, 24th February, 2021. Ghana received the vaccine based on UN-backed global vaccine-sharing scheme as part of efforts to allow equitable access to the jabs by low and middle income countries.
“President Akufo-Addo will be the first to be vaccinated,” Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Presidential advisor on health, said.
Dr Nsiah-Asare made it clear the reason the President is supposed to take it first “is to assure Ghanaians that the vaccines are safe and any other reactions like headache, dizziness, or pains are all usual with every vaccination,” he said.
Ghana has recorded about 80,000 cases with about 580 deaths with regards to the virus, the Presidential Advisor on health stated that, for the love of the country, it will be appropriate for every citizen to make themselves available for the vaccine if that opportunity is given.
“We encourage everyone to avail him or herself of the opportunity to be vaccinated. It is safe and we want other Ghanaians abroad to also put out their videos to encourage others in Ghana”.
The consignment, which arrived at the Kotoka International Airport, consisted of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines, which are expected to be administered first to frontline health workers, and high-risk persons and people over 60 years, to slow the progression of the disease. The vaccines were produced by the Serum Institute of India.