Are you aware that in Ghana, pregnant women and children aged 15 and up can now get vaccinated?
At a press conference on January 19, 2022, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) declared that pregnant women can now receive the vaccine, following a similar decision involving children in November 2021 to aid in the fight against the virus.
“Pregnant women who have not been immunized can now be vaccinated.” Previously, it was not policy to vaccinate, but now it is, and they have recommended that we employ either Moderna or Pfizer’s mRNA’S technology to vaccinate them,” said Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director-General of the Ghana Health Service.
The multiphase COVID-19 immunization program in Ghana began in March 2021, with frontline health workers and other high-risk groups being prioritized.
According to Ghanaian health officials, the remaining population must now be included because the country is currently witnessing its fourth wave of COVID-19 infections caused by the Omicron variety.
Children over the age of 15
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Ghana Health Service have authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 15 and up (GHS).
Following this, the Ghana Education Service (GES) confirmed that vaccination efforts would be extended to various schools in order to ensure that students in the age range are immunized.
“We are requesting that all regional and district directors of education work closely with their colleague regional and district directors of health to facilitate the vaccination of all 15 years and older in all schools across the country,” according to a letter signed by GES Director-General Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwah on November 18, 2021.
Meanwhile, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 years old for emergency use.
Clinical data supports the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), which showed a positive safety profile and high vaccine efficacy of 90.7 percent in children aged 5 to 11 during a period when Delta was the common strain.
Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, the Minister of Health, has also stated that the government is ready to begin distributing booster doses to people who are completely vaccinated six months after receiving the second dosage.
Health workers, those with underlying medical issues, people over 60, frontline security officers, and members of the administration, judiciary, and legislature are all eligible for the booster dose.
The number of cases of the Coronavirus
In December, Ghana had a substantial increase in COVID-19 cases, owing to the propagation of the Omicron form, which was first diagnosed on November 21, 2021.
Ghana had 2,101 active COVID-19 cases as of January 22, 2022, with 1,384 persons succumbing to the infection.
The Ghana Health Service reports that 9, 745,322 vaccination doses have been delivered so far across the country.