Ghana: Patronise Ongoing COVID-19 Vaccination

We commend the Ghana Health Service (GHS) for continuing to make sure that the country is not overtaken by any preventable COVID-19 infections.

Therefore, the GHS officials keep educating the public about the disease and also run vaccination exercises.

Thus, it rolls out its seventh edition of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Days campaign exercise from today.

The exercise, like the previous ones, targets persons who have not been vaccinated at all, and those aged 15 and above who have received a single jab.

The objective of the campaign is to increase the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among eligible persons yet to be vaccinated, thereby ensuring herd immunity and ultimate protection against future infections in the country.

This is important because even though the World Health Organisation (WHO) has since May this year declared that COVID-19 no longer constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, it has not failed to state that the disease is now an established and ongoing health issue.

The WHO has therefore accepted that it is time to transition to long-term management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is where the praise for the GHS becomes loud because it is adhering to every piece of health advice from elsewhere, which shows its collaboration with global experts in dealing with the pandemic.

The country recorded its first COVID-19 infections in March 2020, followed by more cases and deaths subsequently.

The GHS did its best to tame the pandemic in the country by way of providing preventive protocol, including hand-washing and wearing of face mask; isolating infected people for treatment and finally vaccination.

Unfortunately, some Ghanaians held on to some conspiracy theories and avoided adhering to the preventive protocol and receiving the vaccination even in the face of deaths of unfortunate infected citizens and others elsewhere.

The truth is that COVID-19 is still around and can spring surprises anytime anywhere.

This is why the GHS does not want to leave anything to chance and so continuously organises vaccination exercises.

Therefore, this is the time for the targeted groups to take advantage of the current vaccination exercise and save themselves from any future COVID-19 infections.