President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged chiefs, religious leaders, and opinion leaders to join calls for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves from contracting the disease and to help stop it from spreading across the country.
As part of his two-day tour of the Western Region, the President spoke to the Nzemamale Council of the Jomoro Traditional Area in the Ellembele District.
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By the end of September, the government expects to receive between four and five million doses of the vaccine, putting it on track to reach its goal of vaccinating about 20 million people by December 2021.
“It’s important to note that, according to available data, about 98 per cent of COVID-19 cases are caused by people who haven’t been vaccinated. Clearly, for a layman like me, the vaccine aids in providing some protection against the dreadful disease, and as we work to obtain more vaccines, people must take advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated,” he said.
“However, with the increasing availability of vaccines, our goal is to vaccinate more than 20 million people by the end of this year. Let me assure you that no one will be overlooked; we will ensure that the entire population is vaccinated; we are committed to vaccinating everyone,” the President said
With more vaccines arriving from countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, President Akufo-Addo added, “I can assure the chiefs and people of the Western Region and other parts of the country that they will have their turn.”
According to him, the government was committed to fighting the virus and urged people not to politicize the vaccination campaign because it was for the greater good of the country.
The President stated that, given the country’s COVID-19 pandemic profile, there was no doubt that the disease was prevalent in urban areas, which is why those hot spots were given priority in the vaccination effort.