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Government steps up education on COVID-19 vaccines

Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare, presidential advisor on health, has assured enough education is being carried out about COVID-19 vaccines arriving in Ghana

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  • "I strongly believe in my heart that by the end of this week almost every health worker will be well educated, all the radio stations, communication centres will be inundated with lots of information, we are going to use influencers as well."

The Akufo-Addo-led administration is rolling out a comprehensive plan to educate the general public more about the COVID-19 vaccines arriving in the country, presidential advisor on health, Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare has stated.

Ghana is expecting its first batch of approved COVID-19 vaccines this week.

Speaking in an interview with Kojo Mensah on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday (22 February), Dr Asare assured all health workers will be educated on the vaccine this week.

“Only on Friday there was a big launch of the risk communication, and as I speak now people are all over the place communicating and telling people what we are supposed to do,” Dr Asare stated.

“There are all sorts of materials that are out there, we have started the education, if you are in a pandemic there are a lot of things that go on.

“I strongly believe in my heart that by the end of this week almost every health worker will be well educated, all the radio stations, communication centres will be inundated with lots of information, we are going to use influencers as well,” he said.

Safe vaccine 

Meanwhile, government has assured that the COVID-19 vaccines arriving in the country are safe as it targets to vaccinate some 20 million Ghanaians.

Officially announcing a roll out plan for the vaccines at a stakeholder engagement forum on Friday 19 February 2021, minister of information-designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah explained that discussions have been ongoing with industry experts to settle on comprehensive roll out plan for the vaccines.

“As you have followed in recent weeks during the president’s addresses, Ghana is been working on a vaccination roll out programme and has been working to determine which vaccines, when, what quantities, what are the segments of the population, what are the cost to countries who receive the vaccines among others.”

“Today, we are in a position where we can formally inform the nation of where we are on this journey,” Nkrumah noted. He acknowledged that the engagement was important particularly to help cure the long held misconception by some sections of the public that the vaccines are harmful and should not be administered.

Nkrumah said it is important to take inputs from stakeholders in order to demystify this long held misconception and to further engage them on the roll out of the vaccines hence the need for the forum.

Fred Dzakpata

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