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President takes first COVID-19 jab… Veep,First Lady, others follow

President takes first COVID-19 jab… Veep,First Lady, others follow

President takes first COVID-19 jab… Veep,First Lady, others follow

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured Ghanaians of the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine as he and his wife, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo took their jabs in the full glare of the public at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra on Monday.

Shortly after the President and the First Lady had taken their jabs, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahammudu Bawumia and his wife Mrs Samira Bawumia also took their jabs at the Police Hospital in Accra.

The President and his Vice, and their spouses according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) decided to take the vaccine publicly to help boost the public’s confidence in the AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccine procured for the citizens through the GAVI Coordinated COVAX Facility signed onto by about 92 countries from across the world.

It was also intended to dispel the rumours and conspiracy theories that have been created around the vaccines and to assure Ghanaians of the efficacy of the vaccine.

They were vaccinated with the AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine, one of two vaccines that have, so far, been approved and declared safe-for-use by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).

In an earlier televised address to the nation on Sunday night ahead of the National Vaccination Programme, President Akufo-Addo said the first part of the vaccination programme, which begins from today, March 2 to Monday, March 15, targets 43 districts which have been identified as the epi-centres of the pandemic in the country. There are 25 in Greater Accra, 16 in Ashanti, and two in the Central Region.

He said the GHS would begin with persons most at risk and frontline state officials, including healthcare workers, frontline security personnel, persons with underlying medical conditions, persons 60 years and above, and frontline members of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary.

Also, essential service providers, including workers in the water and electricity supply services, teachers and students, 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, the Police Service, Armed Forces, Prisons Service, Immigration Service, Ghana National Fire Service, CEPS Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, and other members of the Executive, Judiciary, and Legislature will also be vaccinated during the first period of vaccination.

The rest of the general public that is all persons over 18 years, except for pregnant women will be vaccinated in subsequent vaccination periods. Later, pregnant mothers and persons under the age of 18 will be vaccinated.

President Akufo-Addo expressed concerns over the conspiracy theories against the vaccines by some members of the public.

“Fellow Ghanaians, I know there are still some who continue to express doubts about the vaccine, others have expressed reservations about its efficacy, with some taking sides with conspiracy theorists who believe the vaccine has been created to wipe out the African race.

“This is far from the truth. Our domestic regulatory agency, FDA, one of the most reputable in Africa and in the world, has certified the safe use of the vaccine. It will not do so if it had any reservations about the safety of the vaccine, and I have gone on record as saying that no vaccine will be deployed in the country for use without the express certification of the FDA”.

“Taking the vaccine will not alter your DNA, it will not embed a tracking device in your body, and neither will it cause infertility in women or in men. As your President, I want to assure you that the vaccine is safe,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo made an appeal to faith-based groups, civil society and the media to support the public education campaign associated with the exercise and stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to make the vaccination exercise a success.

President Akufo-Addo further announced the establishment of a committee Chaired by former Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, to formulate a concrete plan of action towards the development and manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana.

“Fellow Ghanaians, the roll out of the vaccination campaign does not mean we should let our guard down, and discard the safety protocols that have served us well thus far. We cannot afford to let our guard down. Let us continue to wash our hands under running water, maintain social distancing, refrain from shaking hands and hugging, and, most importantly, wear our masks,” he said.

Source: www.spotonnews.net

Written by Joyceline Natally Cudjoe

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