The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge negative impact on the economies of many countries in the world, Ghana not excluded. As part of measures to combat the infection, the government of Ghana has instituted several measures the most notable being the observance of COVID-19 protocols i.e., handwashing, social distancing and the wearing of nose masks.
Vaccination is one of the means by which people can be protected against infectious diseases before they actually come into contact with them. It ‘trains’ the body’s natural defense systems to enhance the body’s immunity against specific diseases and consequently build resistance to those infections. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), vaccines save the lives of up to 3 million lives each year.
There are currently several vaccines in use against the COVID-19. The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) of Ghana has approved the use of two vaccines against COVID-19 in Ghana - AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 and the Sputnik-V vaccines. The first batch of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the country in February, 2021 and vaccination started in March 2021.
The Oforikrom municipality was allocated about 17,500 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for vaccination during the first phase of the vaccination. Persons to be vaccinated in the first phase are frontline health workers, persons with underlying conditions, frontline security personnel, members of the legislature, executive, and judiciary.
As part of efforts to encourage residents in the municipality to get vaccinated, the municipal chief executive (MCE) of Oforikrom, Hon. Gloria Temmah Gambrah, was vaccinated in a live coverage by some media houses in the Ashanti region. She was followed by other officials in the municipality such as the Municipal Coordinating Director, the Municipal Director of Health Service, the Presiding Member of the Oforikrom Municipal Assembly among others.
As at 10th March, 2021, almost twelve thousand (12,000) people had been vaccinated in the municipality.