President Nana Akufo-Addo has received the first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
In the early hours of Monday, March 1, 2021, the President, together with his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo became the first to be vaccinated, after the country received 600,000 COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday.
The vaccination process, which was broadcast on national media, sought to boost the confidence of Ghanaians about the safety of the vaccines, thereby encouraging citizens to take them.
“We all had a very difficult time this last year. Scientists in the world have found what could you be a permanent antidote to this…it is important that I set the example that this vaccine is safe by being the first to have it so that everyone in Ghana can feel comfortable about taking the vaccine,” he assured.
The President also stressed the need to diligently observe and adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols amid the commencement of the nationwide vaccination exercise.
In his words, “the vaccine doesn’t mean that we are throwing away all the other protocols; all other protocols remain in place until we are satisfied that the virus has finally disappeared from the soil of Ghana.”
The same exercise took place at the Police Hospital in Accra for the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and wife, Samira Bawumia.
He entreated Ghanaians to cooperate with the government and health professionals throughout the exercise
“We ask for your patience and we ask for your cooperation as we go but please do not listen to the naysayers who wants to spread conspiracy theories about this vaccine. As the president said last night, it is not going to change your DNA or have all these effects that they are talking about in the conspiracy theories.
“Please this is to protect the health of persons in Ghana. It is to protect all of us and protect our economy so that we move forward,” he said.
Meanwhile, other high ranking government officials received their shots on Monday.
The process continues on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 for some minister-designates and appointees.
The AstraZeneka vaccine is to be administered in two doses with the second one given 8 weeks after the first.
Story by: Gerald Nii Adu Sarbah | universnewsroom.com