AstraZeneca vaccination in Ghana continues from Friday to Wednesday

Director General of the Ghana Health Service Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye receiving his first dose of vaccine

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) will resume the vaccination of Ghanaians, 18 years old and above, with the additional doses of AstraZeneca vaccines received by the country.

The rollout of the COVAX facility vaccine started the country’s mass vaccination exercise in March.

But shortage of supply from the Serum Institute of India forced a halt in the exercise.

On Tuesday, August 31, those who were yet to receive their second doses began getting them after 249,6000 additional doses were received under the COVAX facility.

This ended on Saturday, September 4.

With more of those vaccines received by the country, a new rollout plan open to the general public has been put in place.

“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 Service said in a press release on Thursday, September 23.

“All eligible persons are advised to take along a valid Photo ID card when visiting any designated centre within their respective regions for vaccination,” the release signed by Director-General of the Service Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye directed.

“Persons due for the 2nd dose of AstraZeneca should preferably send the ID card presented for the 1st dose as well as their COVID-19 vaccination card.”

So far, 1,643,172 vaccines have been administered across the country. Out of this number, 1,026,652 have received their first dose of one of AstraZeneca, Sputnik-V or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Seven hundred and seventy-seven thousand, seven hundred and fifty (777,750) have been fully vaccinated as they have received both doses.

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The Moderna vaccines received from the US are yet to be administered.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana