A sensitization programme ahead of the impending nationwide coronavirus vaccination exercise in schools will be organized for students who are 15 years of age and above, the Deputy Spokesman for the Education Ministry has said.
The education on the vaccination, Mr Yaw Opoku Mensah Monday told EducationWeb.com.gh is to clear any wrong perception students have about the injection or vaccine (Pfizer vaccine) they are to be inoculated with.
“The sensitization programme is purposely for students aged 15 years and older in both public and private schools, you know the perception people have about vaccines so So I think it will be proper to do that before the rollout,”
Mr Yaw Mensah said as communicated by the Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES), the Pfizer-Biotech vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and is safe for children from 15 years and above.
He indicated that modalities or arrangements for the forthcoming vaccination exercise will be done between the District Health and District Education Directorates after all the necessary protocols and education is done.
“It includes private and public school students, the modalities or arrangement will be done between the district health and district education directorates after all the necessary protocols and education is done,” he told EducationWeb.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) on Sunday said the immunisation form part of central government measures to slow and curb the spread of the locally transmitted coronavirus (Covid-19) in schools to ensure students are safe.
“As part of measures at halting the spread of Covid-19 in schools and among the general public. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has planned to vaccinate all children aged 15 years and above as soon as possible,” it said in a release.
The Education Service urged Regional and District Directors of Education to work closely with their colleague Regional and District Directors of Health to commence the vaccination of all 15 years or older in all schools nationwide.
“We are by this letter is requesting all Regional and District Education Directors to work closely with their colleague Regional and District of Health to facilitate the vaccination of all 15 years in all schools across the country,” it stated.
The actual date for the sensitization programme and vaccination exercise is yet to be communicated to members of the general public, prospective students, stakeholders and Heads of public and private basic schools in the country.