The United States of America (USA) government through COVAX following the forthcoming vaccination of students aged 15 and above has donated approximately 1.7 million Pfizer vaccine doses to the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Handed over to the Deputy Health Minister by the United States Ambassador to Ghana, H. E. Stephanie Sullivan, the coronavirus vaccines forms part of the US government effort to help Ghana slow the spread of the virus in schools.
Receiving the jabs on behalf of Ghana, the Deputy Minister for Health, Hon. Mahama Asei Seini thanked H. E. Stephanie Sullivan saying the vaccines will go a long way to protect prospective students in the country from Covid.
Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) speaking to journalists disclosed over two million students from public and private basic schools are expected to be vaccinated against coronavirus.
In an interview with EducationWeb.com.gh on Monday, the Deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Mr Yaw Opoku Mensah said a sensitization programme ahead of the vaccination will be organized for students.
“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.