President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Bawumia will take their COVID-19 vaccination this morning.
They, together with their wives will be the first public officials to take the shots. The President will take his at the 37 Military Hospital whilst Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia takes his at the Police Hospital, both in Accra.
The move is part of efforts by government to demystify the conspiracy theories surrounding the vaccines.
In a televised address last night, President Akufo-Addo announced that key public officials such as the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin and MPs, Chief Justice and justices of the superior Court, Chairman and members of the Council of state, National Chief Imam among others will also be inoculated tomorrow.
President Akufo-Addo said the vaccination is a major step towards restoring lives back to normalcy.
President Akufo-Addo said the Covid-19 vaccines are safe and would not pose any threat to the health of any citizen.The assurance comes as Ghana Health Service is set to deploy the six hundred thousand AstraZenneca Vaccine to begin a nationwide vaccination programme starting tomorrow. 43 districts identified as the epicentre of the virus in Ghana will be targeted for the first phase.
Government has established a committee to formulate a concrete plan for vaccine development and manufacturing in Ghana. The Committee will be chaired by the former Minister for the Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng.
On the number of students infected with the virus, President Akufo-Addo said out of 69,350 schools in the country, 207 have reported cases of infections. He said all restrictions announced during his last address remain in force, and the Police should continue to ensure compliance by all and sundry.