Many Ghanaians have being complaining about the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, with some believing that the vaccine is not safe for use and for that matter they will personally not take the Jab.
Meanwhile, the government succeeded in convincing a lot of Ghanaians to take the Jab as it was recently reported by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) that over 400,000 Ghanaians had already taken their shots.
The Extended Programme on Immunisation (EPI) of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it has received about 1,000 reports of adverse effects from persons who have already received the COVID-19 vaccine.
It says that these people are among those vaccinated within 12 days of the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise.
Dr Kwame Amponsa-Achino, the Programme Manager of the EPI, told the Ghana News Agency(GNA) that some complaints received by the EPI and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) were fever, sweating, headache, weakness, chills and body aches, which were all expected according to their findings.
Dr Kwame Amponsa-Achino said, the reports were not different from reactions and adverse reports from other countries and what was stated by the manufacturer in the vaccine package information and for that matter Ghanaians are not to worry.
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Dr Achiano told that the complaints came through phone calls, on the social media and the Med App.
He said data proves that as of Sunday, March 14, 2021, nearly 404,000 persons had taken their first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine from the all the 43 districts earmarked for that purpose.
Those vaccinated for the first phase include front-line health workers, adults aged 60 years and above, and people with underlining health conditions such as diabetes, kidney diseases, hypertension, cancer, etc.
Others also include frontline security personnel, frontline government officials, the media, and all frontline workers in the formal sector.
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A total of 20 million Ghanaians are expected to be vaccinated against at the end of the whole program as stated by the President in a previous State of the Nation Address.
Dr Amponsa-Achiano said, adding that females formed about 62 percent of the number vaccinated whiles definitely males forms 38 of the vaccination exercise so far.
He gave this breakdown, “about 58,000 persons with underlying health conditions, 91,000 adults aged 60 years and above, about 68,000 health workers, 23,000 frontline security personnel, and more than 48,000 essential service providers had received their first jabs.”
Also, “more than 12,000 members of the Executive, Judiciary, and Legislature, and 60,000 teachers aged 60 and above, more than 3,000 media persons, and 72,000 ordinary persons had been vaccinated.”
Dr Amponsah-Achiano reiterate the general public to continue adhering to all the necessary coronavirus safety protocols even during and after the vaccination exercise. Wearing of nose mask, observing social distancing, washing hands with soap under running water and using alcohol based sanitizers among others.
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