The president of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo will be the first Ghanaian to get vaccinated according to Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, the Presidential advisor on health.
In a bid to assure the general populace on the effectiveness and the harmlessness of the vaccines, contrary to popular belief and conspiracy theories, Nana Addo will take the first shot of the vaccine on the 2nd of March 2021.
The first consignment of the Covishield / Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine arrived in Ghana, at the Kotoka International Airport. The 600,000 doses of the vaccines, are expected to be administered to frontline workers, and high-risk persons and people over 60 years.
The vaccines produced by the Serum Institute of India have been the subject of extensive public discourse, with a lot of Ghanaians expressing hesitation to take the shot.
Organisations like GAVI and UNICEF at the forefront of educating the masses on the ins and outs of the vaccine have their work cut out for them in the race to achieve herd immunity in Ghana, which requires not less than 60% of the population to be vaccinated.
Hopefully, the President’s decision to be the first to take the shot inspires confidence in the vaccines, which are in the country as part of a concerted global effort to ensure equitable distribution of the vaccines.