The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has stated that Parliament intends to undertake a Covid-19 booster vaccination exercise for members before sitting resumes on January 25.
The move Mr. Bagbin noted, is to help contain the Covid-19 infection and spread of the virus within the corridors of Parliament.
In a letter dated 6th January 2022, the Speaker wrote to inform President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo about his trip to Dubai for medical review.
“Prior to the resumption of the House, Parliament intends to undertake a Covid-19 (Booster) vaccination exercise fort Honourable Members of Parliament and Officers of the Parliamentary Service as part of measures to contain the infection and spread of the coronavirus disease within the Parliamentary precinct, particularly in the wake of the spike in infections as well as the new wave of the omicron variant of the disease,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said it would soon begin administering Covid-19 booster shots to deal with the virus.
Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-General, (GHS) as cited by the Ghana News Agency stated that the Service has developed a booster policy, which would soon be made known to the public.
He disclosed that the policy would indicate the category of persons who qualify to receive boosters and the type to be administered.
“We have gone through and completed the needed processes for giving boosters and we will soon announce this. It may cover children within a particular age group, certain categories of people and that may also include pregnant women and the type of vaccines they can take,” he stated.
Further, Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has also revealed that the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has so far vaccinated close to about 9 million people.
Kwaku Agyeman-Manu revealed to the state broadcaster, the Ghana Television on Wednesday, January 12, that Ghana has close to over 12 million vaccines, adding, “that we are grappling with to see how we can get our people vaccinated”
The government targeted to vaccinate 20 million by the end of last year but that target wasn’t achieved. The Health Minister explained that it was due to the unavailability of the vaccines at the time.
“We couldn’t get to our 20 million vaccination target because for nearly 5 or 6 months we didn’t have vaccines in our stocks,” he stated.
“We got a large number of people vaccinated in the month of December as compared to the previous month,” he added.
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