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GHS expresses worry over increase in Covid vaccine hesitancy; Says unvaccinated are at risk should there be another outbreak

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Ghana Health Service (GHS), has expressed its worry over the increasing trend in the COVID-19 Vaccine hesitancy across the country.

According to the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the vaccination program of government which started off very well and was recording appreciable numbers periodically is now recording very low turnout.

The Director-General made this known at his periodic COVID-19 public update on the country’s fight against the pandemic on Tuesday at the Ministry of Information.

Speaking to the media, Dr. Aboagye noted that despite the abundance of vaccines for the inoculation exercise, people are currently shying away from being vaccinated.

He said this is a cause for concern since the country has not achieved its herd immunity agenda.

The Director-General, however partly attributed the current low patronage of the vaccines to the relatively low cases which are being recorded in the country. He said currently, Ghana is recording relatively low cases of the virus, as the average new cases recorded daily and weekly are less than 5 and 20, respectively.

“There has been a significant decline in the number of cases reported at the airport for those few people who are tested. The land borders are open and a little over 14 million of our population have received at least a vaccine,” Dr. Kuma-Aboagye disclosed.

He however noted indicated that “but unfortunately, the vaccine uptake has reduced and that is so because of the low-risk perception.”

He therefore admonished Ghanaians who have not taken the jab to do so immediately since they are at risk if there is another outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Giving a brief overview of the COVID situation, Dr Kuma-Aboagye revealed that only four of Ghana’s 16 regions currently have active cases of Covid-19.

“Currently, 12 regions do not have any active case, which means there are 12 out of the 16 regions that do not have any cases at all. We don’t have anybody who is on admission, severe or critical anywhere in Ghana, so far,” he added.

 

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