Minority: Delay in procuring COVID-19 vaccines for second jab worrying

The minority argues the delay in procuring more vaccines could force Ghanaians to go for substandard jabs

The Minority in Parliament is warning that any further delay in procuring COVID-19 vaccines may force Ghanaians who have received the first jab to give in to any substandard vaccines.

Addressing the media in Accra on Sunday, the Minority spokesperson on health, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, said the current vaccine situation is worrying and must be addressed as soon as possible.

“Ghanaians were informed that the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine will provide a high level of protection for about eight weeks by which time another consignment would have arrived to ensure the administering of second jab for persons who had already received the first jab.

“This has the potential to make some desperate Ghanaians procure from unauthorised sources in order to extend the protections they have after taking their first,” Akandoh said.

He is therefore calling on the government to expedite action on the procurement and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines.

“It was expected that the vaccines would have arrived before 28 April so that those who had taken the first jab will take their second jab… today is 2 May and as we speak not an additional dose of AstraZeneca vaccines has arrived putting Ghanaians who had already received the first jab at risk of losing the partial immunity they have acquired through vaccination,” the MP stated.

Fred Dzakpata

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