Mandatory vaccination breaches fundamental rights of citizens – Group

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The Advocates for Christ Ghana, a civil society group that champions Christian principles, has called on Government to halt the intended mandatory COVID-19 vaccination of citizens.

The Group said the act breached the constitutional rights of citizens and must be stopped.

Mr. Edem Senanu, Chairperson of the Group, at a press conference on the proposed mandatory vaccination,
said the choices of citizens ought to be respected and protected.

He said what Government needed to do was to proceed on its vaccination drive by providing comprehensive education to citizens for them to choose to voluntarily accept the vaccines, stressing, “Vaccinations can continue but should not be compulsory.”

Mr Senanu said Government could also step-up efforts in championing the adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols, especially in the wearing of nose masks, social distancing, washing of hands with soap under running water and the use of sanitizers and stem the spread of the virus.

He said the precautions had proven to be best practices in containing the spread of the pandemic in the country as compared to the vaccine intake and urged the Government to focus on that strategy.

Mr. Senanu claimed the treatment of COVID-19 with Vitamin C, Zinc tablets and others, had proven to be better than vaccines, saying, “In countries like Israel that have achieved high coverage of citizens in respect of vaccinations, immunity against the new variants is reported low and boosters are having to be considered to curb the escalating infections.”

“Global reports on the side effects and number of deaths arising from these vaccines are many, undermining our objective of protecting every single Ghanaian citizen and this is not what citizens bargained for.”

Mr Senanu said the growing concern about the negative effect of the vaccines on people who took them should not be glossed over.

He said the Group would be petitioning Parliament about the intended mandatory vaccination and consider legal options if not withdrawn.

The Ghana Health Service in a press release on December 9, 2021, on the reviewing of COVID-19 protocols, proposed a mandatory vaccination for all Ghanaians from January 01, 2022.

The release said, “All unvaccinated Ghanaians and residents of Ghana who are currently outside the country and intend to return within 14 days from the midnight of December 12, 2021, are exempted. However, they would be vaccinated on arrival at the airport.”

It also stated that all workers in government institutions, commercial drivers and ‘okada’ riders would have to show vaccine certificates before they would be allowed to work from next year.

The Advocates for Christ Ghana is a civil society group of Christian professionals, parents, and pastors.

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