Covid-19 Jabs Won’t Be Free Forever – Oppong Nkrumah

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Covid-19 Jabs Won’t Be Free Forever – Oppong Nkrumah

Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister has admonished Ghanaians to take the Covid-19 jab because the current vaccination exercise won’t remain free forever.

He was addressing a press conference on Monday, March 8, 2021 after a three-day retreat at the Peduase Lodge, when he disclosed this to journalists.

He said as of March 7, 2021, a total of 202,252 persons have been successfully vaccinated nationwide. He said an app will be developed to keep records on information on vaccinations and persons who have been vaccinated, and that government is also expecting more than 2 million more COVID vaccines by the end of March 2021.

He added that not all persons who would have adverse effects would receive compensations, but only the unknown unexpected rare adverse effects normally due to allergies will receive compensations from the manufacturers.

The Greater Accra Region he noted had the highest number of persons – 128,088 vaccinated.

He further revealed that as at Friday the March 5, a total of 46,780 persons had taken the jab which represents the highest figure in a day since the vaccinations started.

The minister also warned that government may be compelled to impose sanctions on persons who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine and that the government believes it will have to force those unwilling to take a jab to do so when the need arises.

“We are pleased that we are observing that the initial vaccine hesitancy appears to be toning down a bit and a lot of people are volunteering or stepping up to it. So we have not had a need as of now to introduce sanctions. Should it become necessary at some point that we consider what has been done in places like I think Israel or other places where they will say if you haven’t taken the vaccine you can’t attend a public programme. Should it become necessary that we get there, we’ll advise accordingly. But for now, we are happy at the level of encouragement and volunteering with which people are stepping out and taking it.” he said.

Ghana commenced a nation-wide mass vaccination exercise last week with over 200,000 persons vaccinated so far as of Sunday, March 7, 2021.

 

 

The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, who was also present at the press conference made this known that a total of 202,252 people have had their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India

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