The first batch of Coronavirus vaccine has arrived at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra today, Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
The first consignment of the vaccine is 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (Covishield).
A statement signed by the Minister-designate for Information; Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the vaccine forms part of the first consignments the country would receive through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX) of which Ghana is a signatory.
It said the deployment of the vaccine would start on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, to all designated health facilities and centres across the country, adding that administration of the vaccine would be done in phases among the population.
The first segment of the population that would receive from the vaccine were health workers, adults above 60 years, people with underlying health conditions, frontline executive, legislature, judiciary and their related staff, frontline security personnel, some religious leaders, essential workers and teachers, it added.
“The government remains resolute at ensuring the welfare of the Ghanaians and is making efforts to acquire adequate vaccines to cover the entire population through bilateral and multilateral agencies”, it added
It urged Ghanaians to avail themselves to be vaccinated when it gets to their turn.
Juliet Etefe, ISD