‘Bring your COVID vaccination cards for inspection’ – GHS, GES to students

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) will soon resume the vaccination of students against COVID-19 in senior high schools across the country.

“Vaccination teams have been dispatched to the schools to vaccinate students who have not yet been vaccinated. Students who have already been vaccinated are required to bring their vaccination cards to school for inspection,” a joint statement released by the GHS and the Ghana Education Service (GHS) said.

It requested the “cooperation of parents and all stakeholders to make this exercise a success.”

The GHS, in collaboration with the GES, commenced the vaccination of students who fall within the eligibility criteria but suspended the exercise during the vacation period.

The GHS had received approval from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to include 15-year-olds in the vaccination exercise.

This followed the approval “for extending the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to cover children from 15 years and above.”

Initially, only persons above 17 years were given the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

A statement issued by the Ghana Education Service (GES) and signed by its Director-General, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, noted that “as part of measures at halting the spread of COVID-19 in schools and among the general public, the Ghana Health Service has planned to vaccinate all children aged 15 years and above as soon as possible to increase their level of protection against COVID-19.”

The letter urged all Regional and District Directors of education to “work closely with their colleague Regional and District Directors of Health to facilitate the vaccination of all 15 years or older in schools across the country.”

I’m not taking any disapproved vaccine – Efia Odo

Efia Odo has opposed the compulsory vaccination of COVID-19. The actress has a different thought to the directive by the Ghana Health Service for citizens to go for the vaccine.

According to her, taking a vaccine should be a personal choice and not a mandatory decision like how the Health Service is doing. According to her, Malaria has killed more people than COVID-19 but GHS has given a blind eye to that.

Efia Odo in a Tweet this earlier morning has made it clear that she’s not taking any vaccine. She adds that she’s stuck in Ghana because she’s not taking any disapproved vaccine.

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Meanwhile, Actor John Dumelo has pooh-poohed a directive from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture that will govern the organisation of events in the country during the Christmas holidays.

The directive which is aimed at managing and curbing the spread of COVID-19 at events, will among other things, require revellers to show their vaccination cards before entry.

The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Honourable Mark Okraku Mantey, outlined COVID-19 measures that the government has in place for the December festivities. This included vaccination cards before entry, social distancing and handwashing protocols.

“Vaccination cards will be required to enter. You must show that you have been vaccinated to be able to enter. Age five and above would require a mask. Masks would be removed for special activities like eating and drinking.”

But John Dumelo disagrees with the directives from the government.

Speaking on United Showbiz at the weekend, he argued that the directive would infringe on the rights of people who are not interested in getting vaccinated.

He also listed a few reasons why he believes the directive is out of place.

“No, it won’t work. That’s it. It’s not going to work. Number one, how would you know who is vaccinated or not. If I show you my card, how do you know I am vaccinated? … Were you there when I went to the hospital for the injection?”

“Let’s say tomorrow, Monday, I went to the hospital, and Kwame is the nurse. Charley Kwame, and then he gives me a fake injection with a card. The card is genuine, biodata and all are printed on it. But how do you know that I have taken the injection?

“The second one is that if you are saying that the patrons coming to the event show take the injection, what about those foreigners who didn’t want to take the vaccine?”

Ghana receives 1.3 million Pfizer vaccines from US

Ghana has taken delivery of 1.3 million doses of Pfizer vaccine from the US government through the COVAX facility.

The donation is in fulfilment of the US government’s promise to the government of Ghana two weeks ago when President Akufo-Addo was in the US.

US Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie Sullivan, said the US is leading the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerating global vaccine distribution.

Receiving the donation on behalf of the government, a Deputy Health Minister, Tina Mensah thanked the US government, for the various ways that country, has supported Ghana, throughout the pandemic.
She said this will help Ghana reach its vaccination target of 20 million adult citizens by the end of 2021.
Earlier this week, Ghana received 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the German government.

Malaria Vaccine: WHO Approves First Malaria Vaccine in the World

  • A malaria vaccine has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) for use in children across Africa
  • The global organisation approved the first malaria vaccine in history to prevent the mosquito-borne disease for widespread use
  • This is the world’s first vaccine against the mosquito-parasite disease that kills more than 400,000 people a year

A report by Washington Post indicates that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has approved RTS,S/AS01, a vaccine to prevent malaria. The decision by the global organisation is coming after a review of a pilot programme deployed in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi since 2019 where more than two million doses of the vaccine were given.

WHO said it is recommending use of the first malaria vaccine in history among children in places with moderate to high malaria transmission.

In another report by The Telegraph, RTS,S is the first and only vaccine to have shown such promising results. Enjoy reading our stories? Join YEN.com.gh’s Telegram channel for more! Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general described the approval of the long-awaited malaria vaccine for children as a historic moment and breakthrough for science. It was gathered that the vaccine has to be given in three doses administered a month apart, with a fourth dose a year later.

4 Things to Know about the 1st Ever malaria Vaccine just Approved by WHO after 30 Years of Research

The fight against the deadly malaria disease has taken a positive dimension as the World Health Organization recently announced the approval of the first-ever vaccine.

The fight against the deadly malaria disease has taken a positive dimension as the World Health Organization recently announced the approval of the first-ever vaccine.

The newly endorsed malaria vaccine is a product of 30 years of dedicated research and is set to come in handy in the war against the disease that claimed 409,000 deaths in 2019 alone with 229 million cases same period.

1. Its name and target users

The name of the new first-ever malaria endorsed for use by WHO is called RTS,S/AS01 (RTS,S) malaria vaccine.

2. Its dosage

It is recommended that the vaccine is to be given in schedule of four doses to children from five months of age to ensure a reduction in the disease burden on its hosts. WHO reports that the vaccine has presented impressive results in areas it has been administered so far with 30% reduction deadly severe malaria. It has also been effective in regions where people have insecticide-treated nets as well as good access to diagnosis and treatment.

3. Target areas for administration

WHO confirms that the vaccines have been administered in 3 African countries already. It is said that the pilot programme will continue in countries as Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi in order to ascertain its long-term impacts on child deaths.

4. Number of doses administered so far New York Times indicates that so far more than 800, 000 children have received the vaccine in the affected regions and over 2.3 million doses have been administered.