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COVID-19: GHS to begin administering Moderna vaccines next week

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) will from next week start administering the 1.2 million Moderna COVID-19 vaccines it received from the US government.

According to the Service, training of its personnel on the use of the vaccine is expected to be completed this week across all 16 regions of the country.

The Programme’s Manager for the expanded programme on Immunization at the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Kwame Amponsa- Achiano in a Citi News interview said the next phase of the vaccination will cover all persons 18 years and above.

He added that a date for the commencement of the exercise will be announced later next week.

Dr. Kwame Amponsa- Achiano also added that this phase will include the deployment of other available vaccines.

“We are holding training reps on the vaccine. We are also in discussion on the date for the commencement of the vaccination exercise. Once a date is chosen, it will be communicated to the public. Hopefully, getting to the latter part of next week, we should be able to continue our vaccination exercise.”

“We will do all the vaccines we have available. So we have taken stock of what we have done so far and what we need to do going forward.”

A few weeks ago, Ghana took delivery of some 249,000 doses of Astrazeneca vaccines from the UK government to support its vaccination drive.

Despite a slow start to the vaccine rollout, the government remains committed to vaccinating 20 million Ghanaians by the end of 2021.

Ghana has so far secured over 3.2 million vaccines.

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