The Ghana Health Service has reiterated that it is still pursuing its set target of vaccinating 20 million Ghanaians against the COVID-19 virus by the close of the year 2021. This is despite the fact that we have only a month to the end of the year and less than the set target of Ghanaians have been vaccinated.
The Director of Public Health of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Franklin Asiedu Bekoe, speaking in an interview with Accra based radio station, Citi FM, revealed that availability of the vaccines is not the problem but rather the problem their are facing is getting Ghanaians to avail themselves to be vaccinated.
“The availability of vaccines isn’t an issue but getting Ghanaians to take the vaccines is what will be an issue. Now the issue of access is not an issue but the uptake. However, I’m sure we will even pass the 20 million target because the vaccines are there but the number of Ghanaians who will take is an issue for us right now.”
According to the Ghana Health Service, there are over 9 million vaccines available to be used for vaccination but Ghanaians are reluctant to vaccinate. The minister of health, Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu in addressing the concerns of the minority in parliament in the number of people who have been vaccinated in the country, said the country’s COVID-19 vaccination plan is on course.
“My earlier prediction and projection that we were going to get vaccines adequately in August have yielded fruits, and therefore we have been receiving vaccines from COVAX and other donations from other countries we have bilateral relations with.”
“So I can say that we have the capacity to administer the vaccines, and we don’t anticipate that we shall waste the vaccines that we have received,” he said.