The country is expecting to receive over 18 million doses of COVID-19 Vaccines within the last three months of 2021.
According to the Ghana Health Service, a total of 18,742,610 doses will arrive in the country for government’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme by the close of the year.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information’s Meet the Press Series on Sunday, Director-General of the Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, explained that the over 18 million doses consists of 834,720 AstraZeneca, 1,330,290 Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson component of 16,577,600.
Explaining the arrangement for these vaccines, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye disclosed that aside the AstraZeneca and Pfizer, which are donations from developed countries and COVAX, the total consignment of Johnson and Johnson was procured by government through the Africa United platform.
Based on these doses, the director-general noted that, it is expected that over 16 million more Ghanaians will be vaccinated by the end of the year.
“A total of 16,777,100 people will be vaccinated by the end of the year,” Dr. Kuma-Aboagye noted.
The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service therefore expressed his optimism that his outfit will vaccinate at least 20 million citizens against the Covid-19 disease by the end of 2021.
He further indicated that although the country’s vaccination drive experienced a setback due to a global shortage of vaccines, his outfit remains hopeful of achieving herd immunity within three months.
According to him, now that vaccines are available, the government has instituted measures to easily access them for procurement and administration.
“Ghana can do between 300 and 400 thousand vaccines in a week. And if we expand, we can even do a million. In 2020 within four days, we vaccinated 6 million people against Yellow Fever.
“So it is possible, once the vaccines are available, we can accomplish this,” he told the press.