- Ghana’s mass COVID-19 vaccination began on Tuesday, March 2, 2021
- Over 400,000 people have been vaccinated thus far
- Out of that number some 1,050 had side effects
Programmes Manager at the Expanded Programme on Immunisation at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Kwame Amponsah-Achiano, says some 1,050 Ghanaians developed side effects after taking the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Over 400,000 Ghanaians were vaccinated as of March 16, 2021, Dr. Amponsah-Achiano stated.
“So we have had nearly 1,030 and 1,050 events supporting, again, these are risks…compared with the number of people vaccinated and it is approximately, 268-300 events per 100,000 people vaccinated. In other words, for every 100,000 persons who have been given the vaccine, we have had 300 reports,” he told Accra-based 3FM on Friday, March 19.
Ghana took delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on February 22, 2021, under the United Nations-led COVAX facility.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII).
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, boosting the government’s quest to vaccinate about 20 million Ghanaians.
Meanwhile, an outspoken Ghanaian had described the deployment of free vaccines to the country as troubling.
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, said he was prepared to fund Ghana’s purchase of the vaccine to reduce the country’s over-dependence on aid.
“I’m not bragging but I am prepared to give Akufo-Addo one million dollars to procure the vaccines,” he stated on his Net 2 television on Wednesday.
“I don’t like the idea of always going to the developed countries to beg for support as though we cannot do anything for ourselves,” he added.
In other news on YEN.com.gh, the General Overseer of Action Chapel International (ACI), Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, said it would take faith and common sense for one to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Despite testing negative 22 times for the deadly contagion, the man of God still went ahead to take the jab.
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.
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Source: Yen Ghana