The Ghana Health Service says that nearly all health workers, both public and private, have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Photo: Ian Landsberg/African News Agency (ANA)
The Ghana Health Service says that nearly all health workers, both public and private, have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Photo: Ian Landsberg/African News Agency (ANA)

Nearly 800 000 Ghanaians vaccinated against Covid-19

By Chad Williams Time of article published Apr 15, 2021

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CAPE TOWN - Health authorities in Ghana have announced that close to 800,000 Ghanaians have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, director-general of the Ghana Health Service, said that nearly all health workers, both public and private, had been vaccinated, according to a report by Modern Ghana.

According to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Kuma-Aboagye was speaking during the first senior managers’ meeting of the service for 2021, which brought together senior managers from all 16 regions to assess the 2020 performance and strategise for effective health delivery.

However, Ghana, the first country in Africa to receive vaccine doses from Covax, is close to using up its initial supplies, reports the BBC.

The country received 600,000 doses from Covax, as well as 165,000 doses donated by the MTN Group and 50,000 donated by the Indian government.

But according to Citi Newsroom, the country is expected to receive about one million doses of Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine.

These vaccines will be delivered in the coming weeks, according to the Ghana Health Service.

Furthermore, the Ghana Health Service has disposed of 480 expired doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the Northern Region. A further 2,000 jabs will expire on April 16.

According to Pulse.com, the 480 doses exhausted their six-month lifespan on April 13.

The Northern Region began its Covid-19 vaccination exercise on March 26, with some 17,000 doses targeting health workers, writes Pulse.com.

The West African country’s mass vaccination programme started in March in Accra and has since been extended to other regions.

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