North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said Ghana could not achieve collective immunity in its quest to defeat the coronavirus pandemic.
He said that despite the fact that, according to current analyzes, only 2.7% of Ghanaians are fully immunized with a total vaccine donation and pledges capable of reaching a maximum of 40% of the Ghanaian adult population in the best of circumstances. case, that is, if none expires or is damaged; at the very least, the government was unable to maintain its previous budget of GH ¢ 500 million to purchase vaccines.
The government, he added, could only budget GH ¢ 300 million in the 2022 budget for vaccine purchases.
At a generous average cost of US $ 10 per dose, he said, this allocation will only cover 2.5 million double-vaccinated Ghanaians, he added.
“This ignores potential recall fire, especially with the Omicron threat. At this point, achieving collective immunity can only be a mirage,” the former Deputy Minister of Education tweeted on Saturday 11 December 2021.
The month of December has been declared by the GHS as the month of vaccination.
Speaking to a press conference in Accra on Sunday, November 28, Ghana Health Service (GHS) Director General Dr Patrick Kumah-Aboagye said vaccination was the safest way to fight the virus.
He further assured that authorities will step up surveillance measures at Kotoka International Airport during the Christmas season to ensure that COVID-19 infections do not increase.
He further said that the mistakes that were made in December of last year and that caused infections to escalate in January of this year will not happen again.
There is going to be “a strict application of the protocols at the KIA.” We will increase surveillance. We expect more people to come to the country.
“We will make sure that our logistics are prepared, we will continue our monitoring so that we can look at this, we will look at the isolation centers,” he said.
He added: “Our search for contacts will be strengthened.
“We will be engaging with religious organizations to ensure that Christmas activities comply with Covid protocols. “
Presidential Health Advisor Dr Anthony Nsia Asare has allayed the fears of those concerned about the potential reaction of taking the covid vaccine.
He said it is normal to experience headaches, body aches, and other reactions. These are indications that the vaccine is working properly in the body, he said.
“If you are vaccinated and you feel a slight headache, it means that the vaccine is working very well,” he said on TV3 Key Points on Saturday, December 4 with Dzifa Bampoh.
Dr Nsia Asare further urged all those who have not yet received their vaccines to do so in order to save their lives and the lives of others.
In his view, Ghana cannot afford to get through the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, which is why the government, through the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has advanced the vaccination exercise to vaccinate as many as possible.
Vaccination centers, he said, are being created closed to residents of communities, including market areas, to make it easier for them to go through the exercise.
“We cannot afford a fourth wave,” he said, adding that “we can all do it together if you are vaccinated,” he said.
The GHS) this week released new guidelines for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana ahead of the Christmas season.
The guidelines include measures to vaccinate as much as possible before Christmas on December 25.
In a press release issued on Thursday, December 9, the GHS said: “All persons aged 18 and over arriving in Ghana will be required to provide proof of a full vaccination for Covid-19 vaccines.
“All unvaccinated Ghanaians and residents of Ghana who are currently outside the country and intend to return within 14 days of 12 December 2021 at midnight are exempt. However, they would be vaccinated upon arrival at the airport.
He added that “all Ghanaians traveling out of the country should be fully immunized as of 12 midnight 2021”.