Ghana has received 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India (Covishield), today, February 24, 2021.
This is the first consignment of vaccines acquired through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX) which Ghana, among 92 countries has signed unto.
The Minister-designate for health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu and officials from the Ghana Health Service were at the Kotoka International Airport.
A statement signed by the Minister-designate for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on 24 February 2021 indicated that “COVID-19 vaccination will be conducted in phases among segment of their 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 including Awutu Senya and Awutu Senya East in the Central Region. A similar segmented population in the Greater Kumasi Metro and Obuasi municipality will also be covered”.
The statement further disclosed that, “From 2nd March, the COVID-19 vaccines will be deployed in health facilities and designated centres in these geographical regions”.
“The Government of Ghana remains resolute at ensuring the welfare of all Ghanaians ans is making frantic efforts to acquire adequate vaccines to cover the entire population through bilateral and multi-lateral agencies. We urge you to do your part by ensuring that you get vaccinated when the vaccine gets to you,” it added.