Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health-designate, has hinted at the possibility of the government through his ministry making the coronavirus vaccination compulsory for all Ghanaians.
But speaking an interview with Citi News, the astute health professional disclosed that in the short term, the discussion is “premature.”
“If it becomes necessary, that may be a way government will go. But for now, it is a bit premature for us to predict that situation, but we will anticipate that” Mr Agyeman-Manu said.
Mr Agyemang-Manu urged all Ghanaians to make it a point of availing themselves for a jab of a dose of the vaccines as the government looks to slow down the spread and fight the dominance of the virus in the country.
Earlier this week, the government through the National Vaccine Deployment Plan announced the roll-out plan for distributing vaccines as March 2, 2021, was announced as the day for the commencement of the vaccine jab.
Addressing the country in the wake of the arrival of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, President Akufo-Addo revealed that the vaccines will be deployed to 43 districts which are epicentres of the pandemic in Ghana.
They include 25 in the Greater Accra Region, 16 in the Ashanti Region, and two in the Central Region.
He further revealed that the National Vaccine Deployment Plan, through thorough discussions and plans to aiding a smooth process of vaccine distribution, has segmented the population of Ghana into four groups, and this will help determine which section of the population will get vaccinated at a particular time.
Some Ghanaians have expressed misgivings about the safety of the vaccines amid the threat of misinformation and conspiracy theories.
However, President Akufo-Addo and his wife, former President John Mahama and his wife as well as Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia and wife have all been vaccinated in a ceremony broadcast live on television to allay the fears of citizens.
The President urged people to get vaccinated and not to believe persons casting doubt on the rollout.