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    COVID-19: December declared vaccination month

    Government has declared the month of December as a month of vaccination against COVID-19.

    This comes on the heels of the detection of a new variant of COVID-19, Omicron in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

    The December vaccination is, therefore, to ensure a prevention of a fourth wave of COVID-19.

    It will target specific venues and groups.

    Thus, persons who are not vaccinated will be denied entry into places such as sports stadiums, restaurants, beaches among others.

    Speaking at a Press Conference on Saturday, 28 November 2021 Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye noted that: “We are declaring December as a month of vaccination and it will be launched by the Minister on Tuesday.

    “This mandate will be applicable in January and this mandate will become effective.”

    Security personnel, all staff of tertiary and secondary institutions, all commercial drivers and mates, and government workers, arms of government, health workers, are all expected to fall within the group of persons to be vaccinated in December.

    Meanwhile, the GHS has disclosed that Ghana has not recorded any cases of Omicron.

    “Omicron: we have not identified one [case] in Ghana. All people who have tested positive at the airport are sequenced, their samples are sequenced. We also pick samples from our reference labs across the country to do sequencing.

    “Currently, they have a bunch of about 160 which they’re working on now, but there’s been no indication of Omicron in Ghana. So all those messages flying around, it’s not true. There’s no case in Ghana,” Dr Kuma-Aboagye stated.

    About 3,493,688 Ghanaians at least, have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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