GHS administers 12.4m COVID-19 vaccine doses

A total of 12.4 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, 8,133,351 AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered.

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

It said 2,111,800 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines have been administered while 1,123,737 doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen have been administered.

The service said, 4,753,749 persons have so far been fully vaccinated out of the 20,000,859 people targeted, making up a percentage of 28.

The number of persons receiving “AT LEAST” one dose are 8,693,522 with a percentage of 43.5 while persons receiving the first booster dose are 112,447.

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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