Covid-19: Ghana to vaccinate 20m people from March

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Ghana will begin to vaccinate some 20 million persons against Covid-19 from the first week of March.

Ghana’s programme manager for the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI), Kwame Amponsa-Akyianu said the vision of the country is to vaccinate the entire population of about 31 million, but will begin with 20 million and vaccinate the remaining population in due course.

He stated that the country had gone through all the required processes and will receive its first consignment of 350,000 vaccines by next week for the vaccination exercise to begin next month.

“We are expecting a total of 350,000 Covid-19 vaccines by February 22 to pave way for the vaccination in the first week of March. The exercise will continue till October this year,” he said.

The EPI program manager explained Ghana’s vaccination program will be carried out in three phases. Frontline health workers, persons with underlying conditions, frontline security personnel, members of the legislature, executive and judiciary will be among the first set of individuals to receive the vaccine.

The next group of persons to be vaccinated in the second phase are workers of water and electricity companies, teachers, students, farmers and all those involved in the country’s food value chain.

All persons 18 years as well as pregnant women will have their vaccination done in phase three of the exercise.

 

Edited by Olajumoke Adeleke

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