Second phase of vaccination to start on 19th May – GHS

Programme Manager of the Extended Programme on Immunization, Ghana Health Service (GHS) Dr. Kwame Amponsah – Achiano says the second phase of vaccination for the AstraZeneca jab will take off on 19th May 2021.

Ghana has taken delivery of additional 350k doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine meant for the Democratic Republic of Congo. The consignment was received in the early hours of Friday and swiftly taken to the cold room of the Ghana Health Service.

Dr. Achiano said “ We are planning to start around when the first batch of the persons who received the first jab also end. It will be 12 weeks after the first dose so we are planning to do it on 19th May of this month. So for now those who received from the 600,000 doses will take it. We are targeting those who received from the first phase”.

The process will follow the same segmentation where the frontline workers, health care workers, people with underling condition, and people who are 60 years and above were first to have taken their jabs.

The Ghana Health Service has given indication that there are more vaccines in the pipeline.

The President in an interview with the CNN had given the indication the target is to vaccinate 20 million Ghanaians by the end of the year. This, Dr. Amponsah -Achiano said the Ghana Health Service will still hold on to the timeline since by June and July, Ghana may be flooded with vaccines.

By Richard Bright Addo||Ghana

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