The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate is gearing up to vaccinate 88,315 people against COVID-19 as the ninth National COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign kicks off from Saturday, December 19, to Wednesday, December 20.
With the region having recorded the second-highest cases in Ghana during the peak of the global pandemic, authorities are leaving no stone unturned in preparation for the upcoming vaccination exercise ahead of the yuletide.
The theme for the campaign, led by the Ghana Health Service and its partners nationwide, is “Protect Yourself, Protect Your Family, Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Now.”
The target demographic for vaccination includes individuals aged 18 and above in all 43 districts of the region. Mobile vaccination teams will be deployed to various locations such as schools, markets, churches, bus stations, and other public spaces where people gather.
Dr. Emmanuel Tinkorang, the Regional Director of Health Services, emphasized that COVID-19 vaccination is a preventive measure, not a treatment. He urged Ghanaians to get vaccinated while they are healthy, highlighting that although cases have significantly reduced, the virus is still present.
The Regional Director encouraged those who have already received the vaccine to consult their health providers regarding the need for a booster dose. Additionally, he stressed the importance of continuing to observe COVID-19 prevention protocols, including frequent handwashing and the use of hand sanitizers.
Dr. Tinkorang advised, “If you feel anything unusual after the vaccination, report to the nearest health facility.” The vaccination campaign aims to contribute to ongoing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and protect communities in the region.