The Medical Director of the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital in the Western Region, Dr. Joseph Kojo Tambil, has told Citi News that the majority of the hospital’s staff is yet to take the COVID-19 vaccines due to misinformation from the mass media.
Dr. Tambil said despite receiving about 800 doses of the vaccines, only about 50 percent of the hospital’s 1,300 workers have availed themselves to be vaccinated due to apathy borne out of conspiracy theories.
“It is so bad that a lot of staff are not showing eagerness to be vaccinated. This has to do with the misinformation and conspiracy theory circulating on social media. There is a lot of misinformation out there. Nevertheless, we are hoping to get most of our staff vaccinated.”
Although the COVID-19 vaccines seem to be widely accepted, there are still some individuals who have reservations about them.
Their reluctance can be traced to reports of cases of blood clots from the vaccination exercise in some countries, among others.
Countries such as Germany, Italy, France, and Spain recorded such cases and temporarily halted the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a precaution.
Meanwhile, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says the country has not recorded any case of blood clots from its COVID-19 vaccination exercise.
According to the Authority, even though vaccines and medicines tend to have some side effects, no serious case has been recorded in the country.
It explained that the assurance is from its Joint COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Review Committee which has monitored all adverse reports from the vaccines.
“In the view of the above, the FDA would like to reassure the public that it is closely monitoring this situation locally and to date, no events of blood clots linked to the COVID-19 vaccine have been reported amongst those who have been vaccinated in Ghana.”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also indicated there is no evidence that incidents involving blood clots are caused by the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.