-Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has stated that government may sanction those refusing to take the vaccine
-Over 300,000 people have already taken the vaccine
-The government hopes to vaccinate 20millon Ghanaians
Government is considering imposing sanctions on Ghanaians who will refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, disclosed.
Ghana on February 22, 2021, took delivery of 600,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine under the United Nation-led COVAX facility.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII).
Three hundred thousand people have so far been vaccinated from the deadly virus since the commencement of mass vaccination on March 2, 2021.
“A lot of people are volunteering or stepping up to it. So we have not had a need as of now to introduce sanctions,” the Information Minister stated during a news conference on Monday.
But, should it become necessary that sanctions are introduced to compel people to take the COVID-19 vaccine, “we will advise accordingly,” Oppong Nkrumah stated.
Ghana is expected to receive an additional two million of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility by the end of May this year, boasting the government’s quest to vaccinate about 20 million Ghanaians.
Meanwhile, the General Overseer of Action Chapel International (ACI), Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, says it takes faith for one to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the man of God, despite testing negative 22 times for the deadly contagion, he still went ahead with the jab.
“...And if you think I don’t have faith for taking the vaccine, you are joking, I have faith but taking the vaccine is also common sense and it is also wisdom,” the Archbishop stated in a sermon over the weekend.
The ACI General Overseer expressed disappointment in some Ghanaians for refusing to take the vaccine because of conspiracies on social media.
It will be recalled that Duncan-Williams was spotted wearing two masks at the funeral of the late former President of Ghana, Ft Lt Jerry John Rawlings, at the Black Star Square on January 27, 2021.
His unwavering faith in God and the power that lies in prayer had gotten some people wondering why he was doubly serious about preventing COVID-19.
The much-revered man of God disclosed that he received a lot of calls from friends and congregants curious to know if his action had something to do with divine instruction.
Ghana has had over 80,000 cases of the virus and over 5000 deaths.
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