Ghana Medical Association “lock horns” with doctors kicking against mandatory vaccination policy

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The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has indicated their disapproval of the decision of some group of doctors kicking against government’s mandatory vaccination for certain categories of people.

The group, calling themselves Concerned Ghanaian Doctors, in a petition to President Akufo-Addo appealed that government rescinds its decision making vaccination mandatory for some private and public institutions.

Among a number of reasons cited, the Concerned Ghanaian Doctors expressed concern with the safety of the vaccines being used in the country.

But in rebuttal statement, the GMA said the stance of the doctors is flawed and “based on skewed data.”

The GMA contends that the content of the petition “does not in any way reflect the situation of COVID-19 in Ghana.” It said the petition was “misleading, unfortunate, and not based on available local and international scientific data.”

“Data available to the GMA supports the efficacy and safety of all the COVID-19 vaccines currently registered and in use in Ghana. The evidence that the vaccines reduce the incidence of critical illness, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission and deaths globally and in Ghana is undisputed,” the statement added.

Currently, Ghana has 10,889 active cases of the virus with 1,336 deaths.

In total, 152,243 cases have been detected in the country since March 2020.

Ghana’s vaccination efforts have seen 2.9 million of Ghana’s 30 million population fully vaccinated, while 6.6 persons have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

The government declared December 2021 as the month of vaccinations, amid growing concerns of vaccine hesitancy among Ghana’s population.

This has been accompanied by vaccine mandates like the directive to all persons to be vaccinated on arrival at the Kotoka International Airport before they can be permitted to enter the country.

This has coincided with the emergence of groups kicking against vaccine mandates, citing the potential for fatal adverse reactions.

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