COVID-19 Vaccine is safe –Prez Akufo-Addo
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his spouse, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, as well as the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and wife, Samira Bawumia, have all taken their first COVID-19 vaccine jabs.
Ahead of the nationwide vaccination exercise, they publicly took their jabs to demystify the conspiracy theories against the COVID-19 vaccines.
The vaccination exercise has been met with opposing views from a section of the public.
According to them, the vaccines have been manufactured to wipe off the African race, whilst others hold the view that it will lead to erectile dysfunction and infertility in men and women respectively.
However, President Akufo-Addo, in brief extempore remarks yesterday, in Accra, which preceded his taking of the vaccine, assured Ghanaians that it was safe.
To prove his point, after highlighting that the Foods and Drugs Authority of Ghana had certified the vaccine, President Akufo-Addo then opted to be the first to take the vaccine in Ghana.
He said it was important for everyone to be vaccinated, which is the objective of government as part of the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019.
“We’ve all had a very difficult time this last year. Fortunately, Scientists in the world have found what could be a permanent antidote to this; I can only call it the pestilent that has affected all our lives this last year. It’s important that I set the example that this vaccine is safe, by being the first to have it, so that everybody in Ghana can feel comfortable about taking the vaccine. It is important that everybody, at the end of the day is vaccinated and that’s our objective,” the President said.
The President and the First Lady took their vaccines at the 37 Military Hospital, whilst the Vice President and the Second Lady had theirs at the Police Hospital, all in the Greater Accra Region.
Also making brief remarks, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President, urged the public to ignore the naysayers.
According to him, it is in the collective interest of all Ghanaians to take the vaccine to help in the bid to get the deadly virus out of the country.
He said: “We assure the public and Ghanaians in general that it is safe to take this vaccine,” Dr. Bawumia stated.
“The Food and Drugs Authority has assured us and we are really confident in the safety of this vaccine and that is why the President took the lead and we are following in that sense. It will go on with all the health service workers, security services and all the essential workers and so on.”
He continued that: “…we are asking all Ghanaians to be co-operative in this process of vaccination. It is going to take some time and our goal is to immunise about 20 million Ghanaians.
The Vice President also urged Ghanaians to reject conspiracy theories by naysayers about the vaccine.
“Please don’t listen to the naysayers who want to spread conspiracy theories about this vaccine,” Dr. Bawumia advised.
“As the President said last night, it will not change your DNA or have all these effects they are talking about in the conspiracies. Please, this is to protect our people in Ghana. It is to protect all of us, our economy, so that we move forward. It is in our collective interests that we take this vaccine,” he added.