Distribution Of COVID-19 Vaccines Will Begin Next Week – Dr. Nsiah-Asare
Deployment of the newly imported COVID-19 vaccines doses is expected to begin next week.
This was the indication made by the Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare.
600,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India arrived in the country yesterday, February 24, 2021.
Dr. Nsiah in a television interview said persons with underlying conditions, health workers and relevant service providers, will be part of the category of persons, who will be given doses of the vaccines.
“The deployment [of vaccines] will take place next week. We have segmented the country by populations, and this is according to what the Ghana Health Service has done” he said.
Dr. Nsiah also said health workers will be part of the group of persons who will given the vaccine because, they are frontline workers.
He also underscored fears over the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine, despite South Africa’s decision to put its rollout on hold, after a study showed poor results against the country’s new COVID-19 variant.
Dr. Nsiah said the predominant variant that was recognized in South-Africa, is similar to that of the UK variant which is very susceptible to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
He made it clear that due to this emergence, Ghanaians will not encounter the problems faced by the South-Africans.
The AstraZeneca vaccines will be deployed to designated health facilities from March 2, 2021.
The areas earmarked for the initial vaccine rollout are the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area including Awutu Senya and Awutu Senya East in the Central Region.
A similar segmented population in the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan and Obuasi municipality will also be covered, according to a statement delivered by the Ministry Of Information.