Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin is Speaker for Eighth Parliament

Parliament of Ghana is demanding not less than 6,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for its constituents.

According to the Legislature, the 2,000 doses allocated to the House for both members and staff of the Parliamentary Service is not enough.

Speaker of Parliament Alban S.K. Bagbin who made the demand on Wednesday, stated that the legislature goes beyond the 275 members, the 574 staff of Parliament, the support services and the auxiliary staff to include the spouse and four children of each MP.

That, he said, is the responsibility of Parliament on the health of members and their families.

He stressed that the legislature will therefore need not less than 6,000 doses of the vaccine.

The Speaker made the demand when he informed the House of a letter he had received from the Korle Klottey Municipal Health Directorate on the ongoing vaccination exercise.

The letter indicated that 2,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been made available to Parliament for both members and staff.

“This is for your information but I want to indicate that 2000 will not be sufficient for the legislature.

“…We need not less than 6,000 doses and that is the information for the authorities,” he said.

The Speaker was asked whether MPs could take the jab in their various constituencies in other to allay fears and encourage public participation.

In response, the Speaker indicated it is good to show leadership and therefore he would be leading the House for the exercise.

He said, “That is why I tried to clear all doubts from the minds of everybody. I will be leading the legislature in this exercise.

“I don’t stop you from also leading your constituency in this exercise but in fighting for the legislature I have to fight for all the constituents and members of the legislature and that is what I have just done.”

Speaker Bagbin stressed it is good to show leadership everywhere as honourable members of the House.