The Extended Programme on Immunisation (EPI) of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it has received about a 1,000 reports of adverse effects from persons vaccinated against the Covid-19.
These are people vaccinated within 12 days of the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise.
According to the Programme Manager of the EPI, Dr Kwame Amponsa-Achiano, the reactions and complaints received by his outfit and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) were fever, sweating, headache, weakness, chills and body aches, which were all expected.
The Programme Manager said the reports were not different from reactions and adverse reports from other countries and what was stated by the manufacturer in the vaccine package information.
Dr Amponsa-Achiano said the complaints were received mainly through the complaints call number provided on the vaccination card, the Med App and a complaints link provided by the FDA.
A total of 20 million Ghanaians are expected to be vaccinated against the virus, Dr Amponsa-Achiano said, adding that females formed about 62 per cent of the number vaccinated so far.
He said about 58,000 persons with underling health conditions, 91,000 adults aged 60 years and above, about 68,000 health workers, 23,000 frontline security personnel, and more than 48,000 essential service providers had received their first jabs.
Dr Amponsah-Achiano encouraged the public to keep adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols by wearing a nose mask, observing social distancing, washing hands with soap under running water, or sanitizing their hands frequently.
Meanwhile Ghana’s COVID-19 death toll has risen to 685 following the confirmation of six more deaths.
This comes after the GHS had confirmed 12 new deaths on Sunday, March 14, 2021, which pushed the death toll to 679. Additionally, 50 people are in severe condition with 22 others in critical condition.
An additional 282 new cases of infections had been recorded. However, the country’s active cases have dropped to 3,908 from a previous 3,994 as of Sunday, March 14.