The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has announced that it has resumed vaccination of Senior High School students across the country against COVID-19.
The Service said vaccination teams have been dispatched to schools to vaccinate students who have not yet been vaccinated.
In a press release dated January 20, the Service explained that there have been periodic outbreaks of Covid-19 in Senior High Schools hence the need for the exercise.
GHS revealed that they received approval from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to expand persons eligible for vaccination to include 15-year-olds and above.
This age, the GHS explained, covers students who are mostly in Senior High Schools.
“The Ghana Health Service (GHS) working in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES), commenced the vaccination of students who fall within the eligibility criteria, but the exercise had to be suspended during the vacation period. The students were however encouraged to get the vaccination in the communities where they live,” the GHS indicated.
“Students who have already been vaccinated are required to bring their vaccination cards to school for inspection,” they added.
The Ghana Health Service urged parents and all stakeholders to cooperate in making the vaccination exercise a success.
“We count on the continuous support of parents and guardians in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in our schools and communities,” GHS added.
Meanwhile, Director-General of the Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye has reavealed that nearly 35% of the Ghanaian population, representing 6,951,968 persons have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Addressing the press on COVID-19 policy updates on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, he said the 34.8% who have received at least one dose form part of the government’s target 20million vaccinated Ghanaians.
The number of persons fully vaccinated are 3,229,995 which represents 16.1% of the Ghanaian population.