According to the world health organisation, variants of the Omicron strain of the COVID 19 virus, particularly BA.2 and BA.5 are responsible for the pandemic’s sudden spike across the world. Hospitalisations are increasing along with cases, and this trend is expected to continue when schools resume, people return from vacations, and social interaction shifts indoors as the weather gets colder. This prognosis poses a significant challenge to the health workforce in every country, which is already under tremendous strain from managing ongoing crises since 2020. Over the past few weeks, the number of new COVID-19 cases across the world has surpassed 6 million, which is an alarming statistic.
In a bid to encourage more people to take the vaccine and prevent further spread and carnage, USAID, GoodLife Ghana and the Ghana Health Service have embarked on a campaign to this effect. Also prominent in this campaign is Edward Asare, a man who has come to be known and trusted for his professional insight and motivational messages.
In a recently released video, Edward is seen encouraging the general public to get the jab as he has already gotten it. “Numbers don’t lie, and I have seen the steady rise in the number of new Covid-19 cases. And it does not look good. I urge you all to get the jab and stay safe.The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and it is important you get the jab,” he shares.
There is a lot of confusion about the need to take the vaccine, as there have been instances where fully vaccinated people have still contracted the virus. But it has been made clear by the world health organisation that the efficacy of the vaccine ranges from various levels of immunity to mitigating the impact of the virus. This simply means that the vaccine softens the blow of the virus on the health of the affected persons, reducing its impact.
As such, it is important that everyone gets the jab and continues to take the preventive measures of wearing a mask and using hand sanitisers regularly.