A total of 3,188,114 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine doses have been administered across the country as at November 5, 2021, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said.
Out of the number, 2,962,670 AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered with a first dose of 2,303,549 and a second dose of 659,121.
The Service has also indicated that 16,455 doses of Sputnik-V have been administered with a first dose of 8,608 and a second dose of 7,847.
According to GHS, 41,325 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered while 167,664 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have been administered.
The service said, 835,989 persons have so far been fully vaccinated out of the 20,000,859 people targeted, making up a percentage of 4.2.
The number of persons receiving “AT LEAST” one dose are 2,519,789 with a percentage of 12.6.
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