The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate with the help from JHPIEGO-USAID RISE has begun another round of COVID -19 vaccination exercise in all the Districts and Municipalities in the region.
The five-days exercise which is starting on the 9th to 13th November 2022, would seek to vaccinate 203,480 people who have not been vaccinated or yet to complete their second jabs and the booster.
The Ashanti Regional Health Director of the Ghana Health Service in a press briefing today, said persons who are 15 years and above including pregnant women are eligible to take the jab.
According to him, 814 vaccinators and 2,442 volunteers will be administering to eligible persons during the five days period.
Dr. Tenkorang added that, vaccinating the population against the viral disease to achieve herd immunity is critical in fighting against the pandemic and urged the public to take advantage of the exercise.
He disclosed that, the exercise form part of the 2022 Covid-19 campaign and encouraged the media to support the directorate to create an awareness at all levels for a successful exercise.
He then cautioned the public to adhere to the safety protocols especially places were the risk of disease transmission was significant.
“People should avoid crowded places, observe social distancing and personal hygiene in situation where crowding cannot be avoided,” he said.
Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang revealed that, 1,485,422 (43.3%) has been fully vaccinated while 2,185,712 (63.8) have received at least one dose and stressed the need for all stakeholders to play their part in scaling up the exercise.
“Until the World Health Organization (WHO) declares that COVID-19 has been eliminated everyone remains at risk so let us all continue to observe the hand hygiene protocols always,” he said.
The relaxation of the COVID 19 restrictions, according to him did not mean Ghana is free from the disease and cautioned against the recklessness being witnessed in public places on daily basis.
Nana Yaw Owusu/Ashanti Region.