A total of 22,890 people in the Accra Metropolis have so far received their first jab of the coronavirus (COVID -19) vaccine since the launch of the vaccination campaign last week.
Out of the total number, 12,864 persons took the jab at the Ablekuma South sub metro while 4,175 and 5,851 were vaccinated at the Ashiedu Keteke and Okaikoi South sub metros respectively. This represents 57.7 per cent of the total population targeted for the first phase of the vaccination exercise.
This was contained in data released by the Metro Health Directorate of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) on the number of people vaccinated as of Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
According to the data, 8,990 health workers, 1,719 security personnel, 1,476 workers of the Executive, Judiciary and Legislature, Ministries & Civil service, 1,050 Essential Services Providers, 2,564 persons with known underlying co-morbidities, 4,140 persons above the age of 60 years, 77 media practitioners, 432 Teachers above 50 years, 74 persons on national assignment, as well as 220 tertiary and second cycle students have so far taken the first dose of the vaccine.
The data also revealed that a total of 11,809 females representing 52 per cent of the population had received the first jab as against 11,078 males representing 48 per cent of the entire population.
Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah who took his first dose of the vaccine on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, described the vaccine as safe and encourage all city dwellers eligible in phase 1 of the exercise, to take an active interest, come out and get vaccinated.
He noted that vaccination for the target population in phase one was ongoing at the health facilities in the metropolis.
In all, 32 vaccination centres were earmarked for the exercise in the Accra Metropolis. They are Kaneshie Polyclinic, Kaneshie Medical Center, Divine Grace Fraternity Home, Faith Mission Hospital, Rabenrich Maternity Home, Theresa Clinic, Eden Family Hospital, Lighthouse Mission Hospital, Holytrinity Hospital, Lakeside Hospital, Blessings Clinic, Police Depo, Cocoa Clinic as well as Hobart Clinic.
The rest are Freeman Methodist Church, Manhea, Royal, Jamestown Police Station, Makola Static, Jamestown Maternity, PML Hospital, Apostolic Church, Old Fadama Clinic, Okomfo Sarpei, Korle norle CWC site, Mamprobi and Chorkor Community hospital, Adwoa Boatemaa Clinic, Chorkor, Korle -bu and Mamprobi Police stations, Mt Zion Methodist, Korle Gonno and Mamprobi Cluster of Schools.
Ghana launched the vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus disease days after taking delivery of the historic first shipment of the COVAX vaccines with the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and Vice President Bawumia together with their spouses receiving the first shots of the vaccine on Monday, March 1st 2021.