The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has so far vaccinated 7.5 million people since the COVID-19 mass vaccination programme started on 2 March 2021.

The Director of health promotion at the Ghana Health Service, Dr Aboagye Dacosta, said the past few days have witnessed about three million jabs being administered.

Speaking with Kwaku Nhyira-Addo on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Wednesday (15 December), Dr Dacosta said more Ghanaians will be inoculated by the end of 2021.

“I think by December around five million of the doses have been given and we did this in silence. People thought that we were not doing anything but we were just using a strategy.

“Now we declared the month of December as vaccination month and at the time we had only vaccinated five million. As we speak, as of last two days when I checked the data, we had vaccinated 7.5 million. This means that we have actually added between 2.5 to three million jabs…” he said.

“So you can see how our system is effective or efficient. We have a very robust decentralised immunisation system, where when we get the vaccines from the districts to the regions we are able to deploy quickly.”

Campaign mode

Dr Dacosta emphasised that the GHS will intensify its campaign strategy in the coming days to get more people vaccinated.

“We started December creating the awareness, and the minister came in, and now we are moving into a campaign mode. I think from tomorrow or the next day, we are moving into a one  week or two-week campaign mode, and we will be using both the social mobilisation and above the line communication.

“So we will be taking the vaccine to people. On Sunday, for instance, we will be going to churches, where there are events like the NPP delegates’ conference, where people are gathered, sports stadia and other things,” Dacosta said.