The Regional Director of Health Services at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Charity Sarpong has announced that from Monday August 16, 2021, hundred thousand (100,000) people in seven (7) hotspot districts in the Greater Accra region will be vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson single-shot vaccine.
The seven (7) hotspot districts in the Greater Accra region are Accra Metro, Ablekuma Central, Okaikwei North and Ga South. The rest are Kpone Katamanso, Tema Metro and Adenta.
Dr. Sarpong explained that these seven districts were selected because of the high numbers of covid-19 active cases recorded in these districts and as such they are targeting these districts to fight against the COVID-19 virus in the Greater Accra Region.
The vaccination exercise is expected to begin on Monday August 16, 2021 to Friday August 20, 2021.
People in these seven districts are advised to show up in their numbers to take part in the vaccination exercise. She advised eligible members of these districts to come with a national ID for easy identification.
“After the vaccination, you will be given a card with QR code to proof that you have been vaccinated”. She said
She added that “Don’t join these seven districts if you are not living there, everyone will eventually be vaccinated”.
She assured that all covid-19 protocols will strictly be adhered to in all vaccination centres.
The Ghana Health Service will not be offering the Johnson & Johnson jabs to persons who have previously received the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Ghana took delivery of 177,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on August 7 as part of the first batch of the Africa Union’s African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT).
So far, only 405,971 have been fully vaccinated by receiving both doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, whilst 865,422 have received only the first dose.
Ghana has recorded 109,022 cases of the virus, and currently has 6,765 cases after a surge in the last 40 days.
At the beginning of July, Ghana had 1,573 active cases of the virus.