COVID-19: Second dose of AstraZeneca’s vaccine to be administered from May 19 – GHS.
Information reaching newstodaygh.com has confirmed that the second dose (booster dose) of the AstraZeneca vaccine delivered last week will be administered this month and that the public could receive the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine beginning tentatively on May 19, 2021.
The consignment of the AstraZeneca vaccines to combat the deadly coronavirus arrived from DR Congo through Istanbul on a Turkish Airlines flight last Friday May 7, 2021 at the Kotoka International Airport.
About 350,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines were delivered and they form part of the WHO COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access from the COVAX facility in India.
The vaccines will be administered to the public as scheduled to continue with the already stalled mass vaccination exercise.
It will be recalled that since the first batch of the AstraZeneca vaccines were received in February 2021, there has been a delay in delivering the rest of the consignment.
This is due to the fact that India, which is the primary source of the vaccine has been hit with a second wave of coronavirus infections, thus devastating its economy, leading to a temporary halt in the AstraZeneca vaccine exports.
According to reliable sources from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) the vaccines which were delivered from DR Congo are part of the initial 600,000 doses received on February 24, 2021 from COVAX.
The Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari, received the vaccines on behalf of government.
Ghana began the mass vaccination exercise on March 2, 2021 and government expects to take delivery of additional two million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines by the end of May.
But we are waiting with guided optimism to see how feasible that would be since India is currently battling a surge in infections and has announced that it needs every vaccine it has for its own people.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging African countries including Ghana not to throw away expired Covid-19 vaccines.
The Organization says the vaccines are still safe for use despite their expiry dates. The appeal comes after Malawi and South Sudan said they would destroy their stock of more than 70,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines because they expired in mid-April 2021.
“My appeal to member states is: if we are doing our part to mobilise these vaccines, you do your part and use the vaccines,” John Nkengasong, director of the Africa CDC stated.