Health workers, students, teachers first in line to receive covid vaccines – Dr Achianu

A woman opens her mouth for the heath worker to collect a sample for coronavirus testing during the screening and testing campaign aimed to combat the spread of COVID-19 at Lenasia South, south Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

The Ministry of Health has pledged it’s commitment to providing Ghanaians with the coronavirus vaccine, as it says it is working with an initial target of 20 million Ghanaians, who are expected to receive the vaccine once the vaccination program begins.

Dr. Kwame Amponsah Achiano, Project Manager of the Ghana Health Service Immunization Center Expansion Program, said that the vaccine will be ready in March 2021 and will be carried out in batches.

“The vision is to vaccinate the entire population but for now the initial target based on the safety profile of the vaccines we are targeting approximately 20 million persons and these persons are health workers. This is based on segmentation, persons with an underlying health condition, security personnel, other essential service providers, persons above 60years, students of a secondary and tertiary institution, Teachers at all levels, MDAs, media and everyone at all levels,” he said.

He further revealed that “we are going to use a mixed bag of delivery strategies, we will use static, that’s where we will use fixed clinics, already existing hospitals both public and private and we are also going to do a lot of outreach services depending on the area because there will also be mobile clinics”.

At the same time, vaccination is a drug approved by the World Health Organization to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Health stated that it is very important to vaccinate citizens to fight this disease, as the disease has snatched a away the lives of many across the globe.