Ashanti Region steps up vaccination across districts

Ksi Health Covid Vaccination Pic
Ksi Health Covid Vaccination Pic

The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate has begun a five-day COVID-19 vaccination exercise in all the 43 districts in the region as cases begin to rise.
The exercise, which is scheduled to take place between June 24-28, seeks to vaccinate people who have not been vaccinated or yet to take the second dose.
A combination of vaccination centres and mobile vaccination teams will be deployed to administer AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson as well as Pfizer to eligible people during the period.
Dr Emmanuel Tinkorang, the Regional Director of Health Services, told the Ghana News Agency in Kumasi, that persons 15 years and above, including pregnant women and lactating mothers, were eligible to take part in the exercise.
He said a total number of more than 1.9 million people, representing 32 per cent of the targeted population in the region had been vaccinated and stressed the need for all stakeholders to play their part in scaling up vaccination against the viral disease.
The Director said the immunisation of the population had significantly contributed to the reduction of COVID-19 cases but cautioned that the country was not out of the woods yet.
He said the vaccines remained the best protection against severe illness, hospitalisation and death from the COVID-19 disease, adding that the vaccines were safe, effective, and free.
Dr Tinkorang said the exercise would be taking place in health centres, markets, bus stations and other vantage points across the region.
He said vaccinating the population against the disease was critical to the fight against the pandemic and encouraged the public to take advantage of the vaccination exercise to protect themselves.
Dr Tinkorang cautioned the public to observe the safety protocols, especially in situations where the risk of disease transmission was significant.
They should avoid crowded places or observe physical distancing and wear nose mask in situations where crowding cannot be avoided, he said.
He advised the public to report to the nearest health facility in the event of any side effect after receiving the vaccine.

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