12.6m COVID-19 vaccine doses administered nationwide …4.8m people fully vaccinated

A total of 12.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the country as at Monday, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said.

Out of the number, 8,261,530 Astra Zeneca vaccines have been administered.

The service had also indicated that 17,982 doses of Sputnik-V had been administered while 1,056,909 doses of Moderna vaccines had been administered across the country.

It said 2,141,584 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines had been administered, while 1,159,537 doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen had been administered.

The service said, 4,867,214 persons had so far been fully vaccinated out of the 20,000,859 people targeted, making up a percentage of 24.3.

The number of persons receiving “at least” one dose were 8,793,591 with a percentage of 44, while persons receiving the first booster dose were 127,214.

Ghana experienced a surge in infections and fatalities in January 2021, entering a second wave of rising infections of COVID-19. The number of daily active cases in February 2021 was as high as the peak of the first wave in June 2020. Furthermore, Ghana was also confirmed to have recorded the COVID-19 variant, which first appeared in South Africa.

Hence, government rolled out the vaccination exercise to help save lives in the country in March, 2021.

This, has, however, received low patronage by Ghanaians partly due to the belief in herbal medicine, inadequate information about COVID-19 and people being oblivious of the vaccination benefits.

For this reason, the Service has called on all and sundry to get vaccinated along with ensuring a strict observance of the safety precautions to help control the pandemic and slow the development of new variants.

BY ABIGAIL ARTHUR

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