The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is asking anybody over the age of 18 who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to do so on Monday, August 16, 2021, when the different immunization centers in Accra open.
At a press conference last Friday, the agency announced that eligible people in seven districts in the Greater Accra Region will be inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Accra metro, Adentan, Tema, Okaikwei, Kpone, Ablekuma, and the Ga South districts are among the seven districts of the city.
Speaking to Citi News, Deputy Director of Public Health for the Greater Accra Region, Dr. Akosua Sika Ayisi urged residents in the region to embrace the vaccination exercise to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its attendant health complications.
“We encourage the general public to once again come out to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. In this particular campaign that begins on Monday, we will be using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine which is a single dose. So once you take one shot, you are covered and protected against COVID-19. Vaccination reduces one’s risk to be infected, get severe diseases or suffer death.”
Ghana took delivery of 177,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to vaccinate people who are yet to receive a COVID-19 jab.
The vaccine is the first batch of the Africa Union’s African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) initiative delivered to Ghana.
The vaccine shots are to be given out in 11 districts; seven in the Greater Accra Region and four in the Greater Kumasi metro, targeting persons at higher risk.
Already, the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has begun in the Ashanti Region.
The Ashanti Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said it is impressed with the massive turnout for vaccination in two of the region’s districts, Kwadaso and Kumasi Metro, where the exercise commenced.
The directorate is looking to vaccinate some 50,000 persons in this round of Johnson & Johnson inoculation in four districts; Kwadaso, Kumasi metro, Oforikrom and Asokwa.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service will not be offering the Johnson & Johnson jabs to persons who have previously received the AstraZeneca vaccine.