Prez. Akufo-Addo 1st to take Covid-19 vaccine jab to clear all doubts

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Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare has given a clear indication that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Adodo will be the first to receive a jab of the COVID-19 vaccine to clear all doubts in the minds of Ghanaians.

He was speaking with journalists on the sidelines of a ceremony at the Kotoka International Airport today, where Ghana took delivery of the first consignment of 600,000 COVID-19 vaccines.

There has been some anxieties among Ghanaians about the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines, as such cases are reported from other jurisdictions.

Scientists from Noguchi Memorial Institute have admitted there will side effects but they will last for only two days.

Some leading politicians, including Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and South Tongu MP, Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa have indicated they will their jabs in public to allay the anxiety of Ghanaians about the vaccines.

Dr. Nsiah-Asare said “President Akufo-Addo will be the first to be vaccinated. This is to assure Ghanaians that the vaccines are safe and any reactions like headache, dizziness, or pains are all usual with every vaccination.”

He used the opportunity to encourage the people of Ghana to do away with the conspiracy theories and ensure that they receive their jabs and be safe.

“We encourage everyone to avail themselves of the vaccine. It is safe and we want other Ghanaians abroad to also put out videos of them taking the jabs to encourage Ghanaians back home to do same,” he appealed.

Vaccination for the public is slated for March, and Dr. Nisiah Asare said the government intends to introduce apps and call centers for booking and monitoring of the exercise.

Meanwhile, the Information Minister-designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said that the vaccines will be deployed to the various health facilities on March 2.

A statement from the Information Ministry said “The first segment of the population that will receive from the 600,000 doses will be health workers, adults 60 years and over, people with underlying health conditions, frontline executive, legislature, judiciary and their related staff, frontline security personnel, some religious leaders, essential workers, teachers and other personalities in Greater-Accra Metro, as well as Awutu Senya West and Awutu Senya East in the Central Region.

“A similar segmented population in the Greater-Kumasi Metro and Obuasi municipality will also be covered as well,” the statement said.

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