The Okaikoi North Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra Region has recorded a massive turnout at most vaccination Center’s with people eager to take the Johnson and Johnson single-shot vaccine on Monday August 16, 2021.
Whiles some center’s recorded huge numbers, others had few numbers as a result of “low publicity”.
The Republic Press can report that about two hundred (200) people in seven (7) vaccination centers within the Okaikoi North Municipality have been vaccinated in the Greater Accra Region on Monday August 16, 2021 at around 1:30PM.
The vaccination centers visited by the Republic Press within the Okaikoi North municipality include Achimota Hospital, Achimota Terminal Clinic, Lapaz community hospital main, Lapaz market and Achimota market. The rest were New Fadama clinic, Ankam medical Centre and Prince of Peace Maternity home.
At the Achimota Hospital and Achimota terminal clinic, people numbering over fifty (50) and thirty (30) respectively were seen sitting in queues with others standing waiting to take the Johnson and Johnson single-shot jab.
Most people at these centers complained of the slow pace of the vaccination exercise and having to wait hours for the covid-19 validation card.
Mr. James who spoke to the Republic Press said “I came here around 9am, finished the vaccination before 10am but its past 1pm and I am still waiting for my covid-19 card”.
A deputy director of nursing services at the Okaikoi North Health directorate, Madam Jennifer Kyereh-Darkwah said some people who took the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine came to the Achimota hospital wanting to take part in the Johnson and Johnson single-shot vaccination but after explanation they left.
“When we explained to them that they are not part of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, they didn’t understand, eventually they left. Some also were here to know when they will receive their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine”.
Both Achimota Hospital and Terminal clinic refused to disclose the number of people inoculated.
The new Lapaz market had few people as compared to other center’s however the place was choked with no social distancing.
A public health nurse, Joana Odai said a total of twenty-six (26) people had been inoculated at around 1:30pm. She explained that the place was crowded because it was too small and that they may relocate to a convenient place in the coming days.
Most of the people in the queue complained of slow data entering on the part of the health officials.
Almost all those who spoke to the Republic Press were concerned about the disregard for social distancing at the Centre and the number of hours one had to spend at the Centre before taking the jab.
The Lapaz main hospital had a more open place to accommodate the huge numbers. This Centre had the highest turnout with over hundred (100) people at the time of visit however only thirty-five (35) people were vaccinated.
At the Achimota market, a community health nurse, Linda Oppong said a total of ninety-five (95) people had been vaccinated.
Prince of Peace Maternity home, Ankam Medical Centre and New Fadama clinic all had low tend out with seventeen (17), fifteen (15) and eleven (11) people vaccinated at around 10am at the time of visit on Monday August 16, 2021.
A community health nurse, Mr. Douglas Ofori attributed the low turnout to low publicity in the community but was hopeful of massive tend out in the coming days.