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Ghana Health Service resumes Covid-19 vaccination exercise ahead of Christmas

The fifth phase of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, which is being carried out in advance of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, has started, according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

This iteration of the campaign, with the slogan “Protect Yourself, Protect Your Family, Get Vaccinated Against covid-19,” is anticipated to immunize around 1.4 million individuals between December 14 and December 18, 2023.

As of November 30, the GHS had already given out 21,179,341 doses of vaccination.

Dr. Kwame Amponsah-Achiano, the program manager for the GHS’s Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), told Adom News reporter Shine Acquah that the vaccine campaign had been put on pause because of the spread of other diseases like yellow fever, polio, and Marburg.

Especially during the time when there would be an inflow of guests, he claimed, it has become necessary to ignite.

Therefore, Dr. Amponsah-Achiano has urged the people to benefit from the activity, admonishing that now is the ideal moment to administer the shot.

He emphasized that in order to lower the number of cases that may enter the nation, the Covid-19 prevention procedures already in place at the airport for travelers have been increased.

“Travellers or tourists who have been fully vaccinated will no longer be vaccinated upon arrival.

Partially immunized individuals must perform a PCR test 48 hours prior to entry into the nation. They will also be subject to a test at the airport and requested to complete a Health Declaration Form that will be made available to them there, the official explained.

The GHS also refuted reports that outdated vaccines were being administered, noting that the World Health Organization had conducted a stability assessment and that dates had been extended following extensive lab examinations, therefore all medications were safe for use by the general public.

In the meanwhile, Covid-19 vaccine has been recommended by UNICEF as part of routine immunizations for polio, yellow fever, and other diseases.

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