Ghana will on Wednesday, May 19 begin administering the second doses of Covishield, the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. More than 400,000 doses of the Covishiled are available to begin the administration of the second dose to about 900,000 persons.
Dr Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview, in Accra, on Friday, that the vaccines received from Congo would expire on June 24, approximately seven weeks from now. He said government is expecting that by June or July, there would be a reasonable amount of vaccines available to vaccinate the public as it remained focused on its target to Vaccinate 20 million Ghanaians at the end of the year.
The vaccines would cover frontline health workers, adults of 60 years and above, frontline government officials, media practitioners, frontline workers in the frontline workers and frontline workers. The Director of Health said the vaccine gave a level of protection by reducing severe infections and deaths from the coronavirus but not a hundred per cent guarantee of protection against the virus.
So far 92,513 cases have been confirmed with 783 deaths. The novel coronavirus was first recorded in the Wuhan city of China in December 2019. It has an incubation period of four to six days and fatal, especially for those with a weakened immune system. It could also result in pneumonia and bronchitis. A total of 849,527 AstraZeneca vaccines had been administered to the public.