The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said it will not hesitate to make vaccination for COVID-19 mandatory in the country in a bid to achieve herd immunity.
The government had earlier projected to vaccinate about 20 million Ghanaians by December in a bid to achieve herd immunity, however, as at 18 November, only 3, 493,688 people have so far been vaccinated across the country.
Some experts have expressed worry that the hesitation on the part of most Ghanaians to take the jab could derail the government’s effort to contain the virus.
However, speaking on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday (22 November), the Director-general of the GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, said GHS will recommend a mandatory vaccination if the need arises.
“Yes, I am sure that with time we will get there and it is something that we have to [do] to bring this pandemic under control and we need to ensure that almost everybody is protected. And if it comes to that I think we will not hesitate to recommend that.
“We have companies in this country that have mandated that if you have not vaccinated, you can’t come to work,… we have to bring the virus under control, we need to ensure that everybody is protected,” Dr Kuma-Aboagye said.
Meanwhile, the GHS said it has begun the vaccination of 15-year-olds and above with the Pfizer vaccines in schools across the country.
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been authorised for children ages 15 and up, widening the Ghana population that will be protected against the virus and bolstering chances for a safe return to full-time school after the Christmas and New Year festivities.
Until the approval last Monday, the national vaccination plan only captured people 18 years and above.