Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director-General of Ghana Health Service

Government announced that it is working tirelessly to procure the next consignment of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to vaccinate the section of Ghanaians whose second jab is due.

So far, 755,686 people have received their first jabs of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines with the Greater Accra Region, having the highest number of recipients.

Speaking at a news conference in Accra yesterday, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye explained that the delay in the procurement of additional COVID-19 vaccines is occasioned by the global scramble for vaccines and the unavailability of same.

That notwithstanding, he said, government is working with its overseas partners to procure additional vaccines by May this year. 

“As a service, we are more concerned about having more people with the first dose. There are also bilateral arrangements that will bring in other COVAX vaccines including Johnson and Johnson which we are expecting in the third quarter of the year.

“So, we are assuring people that the fact that if you do not get it on the eighth week means there’s something wrong. We still have a four-week window period and beyond to have it,” he added.

Dr. Kuma-Aboagye also announced a revision in the GHS’ initial vaccination policy for those who have taken the first dose from 8 weeks to 12 weeks period.

This, he explained, is as a result of the efficacy of the first dose explaining that the first dose has about 76% protection for about 90 days which coincides with the revised 12 weeks.