Covid-19: Ghana to take delivery of 1.2 million doses of vaccines by mid-July – GHS

Programmes Manager of the Extended Programme on Immunization, Dr. Kwame Amponsah- Achiano has disclosed barring any last minute hitches, Ghana would take delivery of a minimum of 1.2 million doses of Pfizer vaccines by the middle of July, 2021.

He added other doses of the vaccines are also expected by early August.

Dr Amponsah- Achiano said this when he spoke on Accra based 3FM on Wednesday July 7.

According to him, Ghana’s quest to immunize majority of its citizens has been met with a lot of challenges especially in the procuring of the vaccines. 

“The vaccine landscape has been very difficult terrain but Ghana is getting some vaccines this month by mid- July we are expecting vaccines from Pfizer.

“So the mid- July is Pfizer. Pfizer and Jonson and Jonson have also passed the FDA usage so we are very sure about that. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we have documentation so am sure.

“So next two weeks or getting to the end of July- early August we take delivery of some AstraZeca vaccines as well. AstraZeneca is coming under the COVAX Programme. I also know the Ministry is also purchasing some AstraZeneca”.  

When asked about how much AstraZeneca vaccines we are getting, Dr. Amponsah said “We are expecting close to 300,000”

Some 400,000 Ghanaians have so far been vaccinated since the start of the vaccination exercise this year.

According to Dr. Amponsah – Achiano, the policy of taking the first and second jabs still remains. “Those who have taken the first Jab awaiting the second jab, we haven’t changed the policy. For those vaccines that require two doses you still stick to it. Fact remains that if you wait too long the protection will go low but some have gone beyond 12 weeks.

“The publication was not to say that after 12 weeks your protection will go for zero. Protection sometime will last even for a 6 months period but the protocol still remains the same until such a time we advise otherwise”.

Meanwhile, Parliament has approved a loan agreement facility of 200 million Dollars to facilitate the rolling out of a mass vaccination programme in the country.

This will bring an end to individuals not being able to get their second doses of the vaccines due to the unavailability of the vaccines.

Presenting the Finance Committee’s report at the plenary, Financing agreement between the Government and the International Development Association on the Floor of Parliament on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, the Committee Chairman, Kwaku Agyeman Kwarteng disclosed that, the facility will be used to purchase COVID-19 vaccines to help save lives of Ghanaian citizens.

According to him, the pressing need to activate a robust COVID-19 vaccination programme as well as strengthen the health system in the country has necessitated the need for this additional financing.

“This is within the context that the number of individuals who had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination in Ghana as of March 2021 is estimated at 475,000 out of the target 17.5 Million people,” he explained.

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