The Minister for Health, Mr. Kwaku Agyemang-Manu has said in the next two to three days people who took the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine will receive their second jab.
He made this known at a tour of a vaccination Centre at Accra Metro, yesterday August 18, 2021.
“If you have taken AstraZeneca first dose, wait for AstraZeneca for your second dose. A lot of time between the first dose and the second dose the longer it takes even give you a better protection so if you haven’t got AstraZeneca for your second dose please don’t rush and go and fake and take Johnson and Johnson, our system will even get you out so will give you your second dose before next week”.
He continued that “we have received some AstraZeneca from the UK government and we are expecting more to come before the end of August. From September onwards COVAX will begin to bring us some vaccine that will be different and we will continue vaccinating the entire population on gradual basis as and when we get vaccines, government is making all effort to bring more vaccines to ensure that we vaccinate the target population in the shortest possible time”.
The minister has however refuted claims that donor vaccines from the UK are near expiry date for which reason they are donating to Africa including Ghana.
“These are theories. They are getting close to expiry and they haven’t expired we can still use them so I don’t see any problem. What we have is a very robust vaccination system, our expanded programme for immunization is very good, we can vaccinate soo many people in a very short time so we are not going to keep the vaccines here to expire, when it expires, we will not use them but all vaccines we have received if anything, have just one or two months to expiry, we will be able to use them before expiry so no fears at all”. Mr. Agyemang-Manu said
Just yesterday August 18, 2021 Ghana has today taken delivery of 249,600 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the United Kingdom.
They were received by the Minister of Health, Madam Tina Mensah, a representative of the UK High Commission, Mr. Joseph Whittle and the UNICEF representative and other partners
The shipment facilitated by UNICEF is part of a broader pledge to share 100 million jabs with the rest of the world, 80% of which will be through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX).
The UK has already donated approximately 5 million vaccine doses to COVAX and the total number of doses being sent to African countries in this delivery is approximately 3 million.
Other African countries that have also benefited from the donation include Malawi (119,040doses), Senegal (14,160 doses), Egypt (299,680 doses) and Uganda (299,520).
As part of their vaccine donation, the UK is also covering the costs of syringes, safety boxes, air freight and other ancillary costs.