(Reuters) – ACCRA, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Ghana will ramp up its COVID-19 immunisation campaign next month and make the vaccine mandatory for targeted groups, including all public sector and health workers, beginning on January 22, according to health service director general Patrick Kuma-Aboagye on Sunday.
Even though there are more vaccines available, the number of people in Ghana who have gotten vaccinated against COVID-19 is still low, mirroring the experience in much of Africa. Just 1.4 million of Ghana’s 30 million individuals have received all of their vaccinations.
According to Kuma-Aboagye, the government will undertake a vaccination drive in December, following which the vaccine will be required for all government officials, health professionals, security personnel, secondary and tertiary education staff and students, and commercial drivers.
“Pockets of vaccine hesitancy pose a risk to the gains made so far.” “Current low numbers recorded in the country may not be maintained if vaccine uptake is not significantly increased,” he said.
He also mentioned that restaurants, beaches, and sports arenas will require immunisation certificates.
According to health ministry figures, just 21% of the targeted population has gotten the first dosage, while 7% are completely vaccinated. Ghana has registered 131,083 coronavirus infections and 1,220 fatalities so far.
As the country prepared for a potential rise in cases following the vacation, Kuma-Aboagye said the health ministry intends to treble daily vaccinations from around 142,000 now.
The head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated on Thursday that many African countries are dealing with the logistics of boosting COVID-19 immunisation efforts. Just 6.6% of Africa’s 1.2 billion people are completely immunised. learn more
Kuma-Aboagye stated that the country has received over 12 million doses and would receive around 7 million more by the end of December.
According to Kuma-Aboagye, mobile health teams would deliver immunisations to schools, marketplaces, churches, and homes in communities.
“They’ll not come out to get the vaccine, but if you give it to them, they’ll take it,” he said.
He also mentioned that the Omicron strain has yet to be detected in Ghana.
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