GHS liaises with GES to administer Pfizer vaccine to SHS students

November 23, 2021 By 0 Comments

Dr. Gifty Amugi, Regional Deputy Public Health Director

The Western Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is to liaise with the Ghana Education Service (GES) to administer the Pfizer vaccine to students aged 15 years and above in Senior High Schools (SHS) across the region.

The Regional Director of the GHS, Yaw Ofori Yeboah, who disclosed this at a meeting with the media, said the Directorate had taken delivery of the Pfizer vaccine, including others such as AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Johnson and Jonson, which it has in stock.

He said the Directorate had quantities of the vaccines in its possession and appealed to the media to help disseminate the information to the public.

This is because, “our primary target is to deploy the vaccine to the people within the shortest possible time, so that after Christmas we may not record high infection rates.”

A graph displayed by the GHS showed that the infection rate soared during post festivity periods.

For this reason, the GHS Directorate was advising that in order to celebrate Christmas without any new record of infections, it was advisable that get vaccinated ahead of the festivities.

In line with that, it had set up a center at the Takoradi Library, where over 20,000 masquerades are expected to throng and get vaccinated ahead of the masquerade festival in Takoradi. Any other person can go to the center and get vaccinated.

The Regional GHS Director acknowledge that though our country had not won the fight against COVID-19 yet, it had in its possession large quantities of the vaccines to fight the pandemic.

As a result, the best Christmas gift one could present to another was to get vaccinated, so that the festivity would be celebrated without any hitches.

Currently, as at November 15, the region had recorded a total of 7,536 cases of COVID-19, with 7,454 discharged, 73 deaths, and nine positive cases.

The Deputy Director of Public Health, Dr. Gifty Amugi, said the target of the Directorate was to get a total of 1,468,319 residents in the region vaccinated, in the shortest possible time. As a result, she appealed to the media to help the Directorate set a significant coverage level, because there were hundreds of thousands of vaccines sitting unused.

She said, currently, it was only a total of 84,825, representing 5.8%, who were fully vaccinated as against the over one million target it had set to vaccinate.