President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia will today be the first to publicly receive shots of the newly arrived AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana.
The two leaders will take the jabs together with their wives, Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Samira Bawumia respectively to boost public confidence in the safety and efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine that has been approved for use by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).
President Akufo-Addo announced this during his 24th COVID-19 address to Ghanaians on Sunday.
He said the vaccination will take place at two separate health facilities for both families.
“As your President, I want to assure you that the vaccine is safe. That is why on Monday, 1st March, ahead of the commencement of the vaccination programme on Tuesday, 2nd March, my wife the First Lady, the Vice President, his wife the Second Lady, and I will take the vaccine publicly at two health facilities in Accra,” Nana Akufo-Addo indicated.
On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, other key public officials including the Speaker and Members of Parliament, the Chief Justice and Justices of the Superior Court of Judicature, Chairperson and Members of the Council of State, the Chief of Staff and senior officials at the Office of the President will take the jab publicly.
The rest are prominent personalities like some Eminent Clergy, the National Chief Imam, the Asantehene, the Ga Mantse, and some media practitioners.
“This is being done because the vaccine will help protect us against the impact of COVID-19 on our health. It is also a major catalyst to restoring livelihoods and the national economy to the robust level it belongs”, President Akufo-Addo noted.
He thus called for an all hands-on deck approach for a successful vaccination programme saying, “I encourage faith-based groups, civil society, media and all Ghanaians to support the public education campaign associated with the exercise.”
The president also provided a list of categories of persons to receive the vaccines in order of preference.
Below is the list of priority persons
- Persons most at risk and frontline State officials
- Healthcare workers
- Frontline security personnel
- Persons with underlying medical conditions
- Persons 60 years and above
- Frontline members of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary
- Other essential service providers and the rest of the security agencies
- Water and electricity supply services
- Teachers and students
- Supply and distribution of fuels
- Farmers and food value chain
- Telecommunications services
- Air traffic and civil aviation control services
- Meteorological services
- Air transport services
- Waste management services
- Public and private commercial transport services
- Police Service
- Armed Forces
- Prisons Service
- Immigration Service
- National Fire Service
- CEPS Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority
- Other members of the Executive, Judiciary, and Legislature
Consists of the rest of the public, that is all persons over 18 years, except for pregnant women.
This final group will include pregnant mothers and persons under the age of 18, and they will be vaccinated when an appropriate vaccine, hopefully, is found, or when enough safety data on the present vaccines are available according to the President.