Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), said his organization would send teams to churches, mosques, truck parks, and marketplaces to assist inoculate the majority of the population and bring immunization closer to residents.
Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, speaking during the Minister’s news conference on Sunday, September 26, 2021, stated the GHS has begun delivering vaccinations to all 16 areas.
Ghana got 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccinations from the German government on Sunday to assist with the vaccination campaign.
Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye also indicated that locations with high infection rates will be given priority.
“We have noticed that there are some people that the very little time to stay in the queue is also taking them away. So we are moving to our churches, our mosques, our markets, and the lorry parks to provide vaccination services there in a bid to get the vaccination exercise closer to the people.”
Over a million people have been immunized, with over 800,000 of them receiving a complete vaccination. More vaccinations are expected, according to Dr. Kuma-Aboagye.
“We are expecting 145,000 of AstraZeneca, COVAX is also going to send another 302,000 of AstraZeneca. Remember COVAX was supposed to send us 6.4 million doses and so far, we have received just a little over two million. So the rest will continue coming.”
The GHS begun the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Friday, September 24, 2021, with jabs of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
This phase of the exercise is open to the general public.
“Persons 18 years or older who have never received a vaccine or have received only one dose of AstraZeneca are to participate in this exercise,” the Ghana Health Service said in a statement.