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Ghana Health Service to begin offering Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots from Friday

On Friday, August 13, 2021, the Ghana Health Service will begin administering Johnson & Johnson vaccine jabs in the Greater Accra Region.

Vaccine shots will commence next Monday, August 16, 2021, in additional coronavirus hotspots like as the Ashanti Region. Vaccine injections will be distributed in 11 districts: seven in Greater Accra and four in Greater Kumasi.

According to the manager of Ghana’s expanded programme on Immunisation, Dr. Kwame Amponsa-Achiano the service is “hopeful that at least the Greater Accra Region will start vaccination on Friday”.

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He added that “Vaccines for Kumasi will be travelling today, so it will not be realistic for Ashanti to start tomorrow… hopefully by Monday, they should also be able to start.”

The service further added high risk persons are the most targeted with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

However, the Ghana Health Service says it will not be offering the Johnson & Johnson jabs to persons who have previously received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Background

On August 7, Ghana received 177,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as part of the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust’s first shipment (AVAT).

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Only 405,971 people have been fully vaccinated, with 865,422 receiving only the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

After a spike in infections in the last 40 days, Ghana has 109,022 cases of the virus.
There were 1,573 active cases of the virus in Ghana at the beginning of July.

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