A total of 106 persons have been trained in data collection for COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Survey this year in 43 Districts that were classified as the “hot zone”.
The exercise, organised by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in collaboration with Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) would take place in Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi and two Districts in Central Region.
The survey seeks to estimate vaccination coverage and determine reasons for partial or non-vaccination, as well as document concerns about COVID-19 vaccination among the general public.
The Programme Manager of Expanded Programme on Immunisation, GHS Dr Kwame Amponsa-Achiano, said the exercise was to have statistics of vaccinated persons in the country.
“The administrative data may have their numerator or denominator incorrect or have inaccuracy in the population base, that is what we had after math survey,” he added.
Dr Amponsa-Achianosaid the vaccination survey was to evaluate the number of persons who were fully, partially or not vaccinated in these selected districts.
“What we intend to do is to get the accurate data, in terms of the proportion that are actually vaccinated what we have been giving you is just the administrative data,” he said.
This he said, would help inform program managers and stakeholders on the formulation of appropriate strategies for improving COVID-19 vaccination coverage in the country.
Mr Amponsa-Achiano said they had made a lot of vaccines available to these selected districts, so it was valid they collect data from them as part of standards requirement.
He said the same vaccination coverage survey would be carried throughout the country in the future, adding that “21 million people have been vaccinated across the country, which was encouraging”.
Mr Amponsa-Achiano stated that the survey would be a cross-sectional, two-stage cluster design, in which the first stage was selection of enumeration areas and the second stage was selection of households.
He added that participant would be interviewed about the socio-demographic factors, their knowledge and beliefs about COVID-19 disease.
The Programme Manager said interviewees would be asked about their vaccination status, experiences with getting vaccinated for the disease, and their perception about vaccination in general.
“The available data would be used to estimate coverage of COVID-19 Vaccination, factors associated with vaccination status and reasons concerning the vaccination.
The Geospatial Analysis for Ghana Statistical Service, Justin Quarshie took the trainees through Identification of Households through the use of Google map.
Mr Amponsa-Achiano also took the trainees through COVID-19 deployment in the country, the objectives and timelines of the survey.
He trained them on how to interview, record and how to collect and supervise data.
BY CECILIA LAGBA