449,000 Ghanaians receive COVID-19 vaccine jabs--- Dr Asiedu-Bekoe
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449,000 Ghanaians receive COVID-19 vaccine jabs— Dr Asiedu-Bekoe

449,000 Ghanaians receive COVID-19 vaccine jabs— Dr Asiedu-Bekoe

449,000 Ghanaians receive COVID-19 vaccine jabs— Dr Asiedu-Bekoe

About 449,000 people have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of 7:00pm, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has disclosed.

Of the figure, 250,000 people took their jabs in the Greater Accra Region, 187,000 in Ashanti and 11,000 in the Central Region.

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This is under the first phase of the country’s vaccine deployment plan involving 43 initial districts; Greater Accra (25), Ashanti (16) and Central, two.

Director of Public Health at the GHS, Dr Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe who made the disclosure in a media interview in Accra yesterday, indicated that the number was expected to increase by close of day (yesterday), as more people were availing themselves for vaccination.

“Of the 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines which we received, we are almost getting to the latter part of it because we also have a wastage rate of 5 per cent, so for now, I can say we have just about some 100,000 doses left.”

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According to Dr Asiedu-Bekoe, the country was expected to take delivery of some vaccines in the coming days to keep the exercise going and attain the goal of immunising at least 20 million Ghanaians by end of October.

He submitted that although the country had received some doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines from Russia, they were not enough to complement the national vaccine rollout plan.

“It’s about numbers. Though for now the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has registered AstraZeneca and Sputnik, we have not got the numbers of Sputnik for us to get a clear plan,” he said.

“And so if you have let’s say 10,000 of the Sputnik vaccine how are you going to distribute it? It’s too minute a number so that’s why we are expecting to get some large numbers of the Sputnik in the next few days or a week and then we’ll now see how to roll it out,” he added.

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The Director of Public Health said starting today all health workers in the remaining 13 regions of the country will begin taking their shots of the vaccine as part of the highly at risk group under the vaccination plan.

He asked members of the public to bear with the service as it rolls out the vaccines among segment of the population.

“It’s important that people are clear in their minds that we are doing targeted roll out for now so this first phase is for health workers and other at high risk groups, the next will be for essential service workers, the third phase for members of the general public 18 years and above and the fourth group, which is those under 18 years who we are yet to get vaccines for, for now,” he noted.

Dr Asiedu-Bekoe cautioned persons who have taken the first shot of the vaccine not to loose their guard on the COVID-19 protocols or refuse the second dose.

“Until we get large number of Ghanaians fully vaccinated, we cannot be sure that we are safe from the infection.

Let us continue to stick to the protocols and get vaccinated when it’s your turn,” he advised.

Head of Safety Monitoring Department of the FDA, George Sabblah revealed that some 1,400 reports of side effects from the vaccine had been received by his outfit.

The reports, however, had mainly been common side effects such as headaches, nausea, fever, muscle pain among others with no extreme side effect reported so far.

He reiterated that the FDA was yet to establish linkage of the vaccine to blood clots though “we continue to review reports daily to  pick up any unusual event.”

BY ABIGAIL ANNOH

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