The Ashanti Regional Health Service has begun giving out jabs of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the COVID-19 virus in the Region which started on Friday, August 13, 2021.
Vaccine shots in other coronavirus hotspots such as the Asokwa, Kwadaso, Oforikrom and Kumasi Metro also begin on Monday, August 16, 2021.
The Ashanti Regional Health Director, Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang in a press briefing said, it will be targeting persons at higher risk with the Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
“We are still looking at the most at risk. Of course, we are also pursuing additional vaccines for them. Everybody is at risk, but there are more vulnerable people, and so that is what we are looking at now,” Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang noted.
He added that, Johnson & Johnson jabs will not be offered 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 50,000 will be given to the Ashanti Regional health directorate.