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Go for COVID-19 vaccine jabs …GHS advises unvaccinated

The Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, has called on the Ghanaians who are yet to be vacci­nated against COVID-19 to do so to protect them from contracting the virus.

Similarly, he urged persons who had been vaccinated to go for booster shots to enhance their protection against Coronavirus disease.

“COVID-19 was not going to leave us soon hence the need for all persons to give themselves some level of protection against the virus. COVID-19 is not going to disappear, it’s going to be with us so we’ve gotten to a point where people will have to take a shot to protect themselves so working with the people and getting the understanding that it’s important for me to get vaccinat­ed,” he explained.

Speaking on a Ghana Television (GTV) morning show in Accra yesterday,

Dr Kuma-Aboagye revealed that to get more people vaccinat­ed, there was the need to convince the people on the benefits of the vaccination rather than reintroduc­ing the restrictions.

He hinted that about 22 million vaccine doses had been admin­istered in the country, however, there was a need to increase the numbers.

The GHS Director General added that as part of the plans to obtain herd immunity, the vacci­nation centres all over the country were opened to the general public for vaccination.

“Every centre is open for those who would volunteer to go and vaccinate and we are also em­barking on periodic campaigns to vaccinate more people,” he added.

The Director General said that measures were in place to reduce the minimum age for vaccination in the country from 15 to 10 years, to rope in more persons as it was the most important tool to fight the virus.

He appealed to all stakeholders to join the campaign to get the whole country vaccinated.

Dr Kuma-Aboagye debunked conspiracy theories such as “males would turn into females and peo­ple will be impotent after vacci­nations” saying that there was no evidence to back those assertions and Ghanaians would come to realise the vaccinations were not harmful but similar to vaccinations given to children.

Meanwhile, Ghana’s active cases as of January 5, 2022 stood at 22 with no severe or critical cases.

The country has a death toll of 1,461 from COVID-19 infections.

BY JESSEL LARTEY THERSON-COFIE

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