Ghana to conduct mandatory vaccination against COVID-19

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Ghana will dedicate the month of December to mandatory vaccination to get a majority of the population vaccinated against the COVID-19 pandemic, said a senior health official Sunday.

Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), said at the regular weekly COVID-19 briefing that the vaccination exercise would cover all categories of people, starting from members of the executive, legislative, and judicial arms of government.

“We shall also vaccinate all health workers, security personnel, high school and tertiary education students, government workers, as well as commercial vehicle drivers and their mates,” Kuma-Aboagye added.

Starting from December, he said, a category of public places would require proof of vaccination before admitting customers, including nightclubs, beaches, restaurants, and other public places.

Noting that Ghana has not recorded any case of the Omicron variant, he recalled that Ghana started experiencing the second wave of the outbreak in January this year immediately after the yuletide and pledged that authorities would intensify restrictions this year to prevent a repeat of that experience.

“We shall maintain the restrictions in place at our airports and other entry points as international arrivals are expected to increase during the yuletide. We shall also continue with genome sequencing of samples from all positive cases detected at the airports to establish which variants we are dealing with,” he stated.

The minister said 21 percent of the targeted population had already received their first jabs of the vaccination and seven percent fully vaccinated.

“At least if all the eligible population cooperate with the vaccination teams, we should achieve our targets,” the Director-General added. Enditem

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