- The second dose of the coronavirus vaccine will be administered this month
- Members of the public could receive the second dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine beginning May 19
- The consignment arrived from DR Congo through Istanbul on a Turkish Airline
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Information reaching YEN.com.gh indicates that the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine will be administered this month.
After receiving 350,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines as part of the WHO COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX) on May 7, vaccination is scheduled to continue.
In a report filed by the Ghanareport, members of the public could receive the second dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine beginning May 19.
Since the first batch of the vaccines were received in February, there has been a delay as India, which serves as the primary source of the vaccine manufacturers has been hit with another wave of infections.
Lockdowns, rising infections among the workforce amidst high demand for vaccines in India account for the shortage of supplies to other countries.
These vaccines from DR Congo are part of the initial 600,000 doses received on February 24.
The consignment, which is under the Covax facility, arrived from DR Congo through Istanbul on a Turkish Airline.
Just like the group that took the earlier jabs, individuals from the 43 selected districts across the country who formed segmented groups are encouraged to visit health facilities for the jabs.
The Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari, received the vaccines on behalf of the government.
Ghana began the vaccination exercise on March 2, and the government expects to take delivery of 2 million AstraZeneca vaccines by the end of May.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging African countries including Ghana not to throw away expired Covid-19 vaccines.
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The Organization says the vaccines are safe for use despite their expiry date. The appeal comes after Malawi and South Sudan said they would destroy more than 70,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab because they expired in mid-April, the BBC reports.
"My appeal to member states is: if we are doing our part to mobilise these vaccines, you do your part and use the vaccines," John Nkengasong, director of the Africa CDC stated.
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