Ministry of Health plans to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory

The health ministry has said it may be forced to trigger compulsory vaccination in Ghana if the vaccination rate does not improve.

According to the ministry, the minister of the sector has the power, through the law on public health, to trigger compulsory vaccination.

Speaking to Citi News, the chief director of the ministry, Kwabena Boadu Oku Afari, said that “the Minister of Health has the power to do this through the executive instrument and this will have the legal support and when it will happen, it can be deployed. Across the country.”

Currently, only 2.8 million Ghanaians have been fully immunized, while 6.6 million people have received at least one dose.

Ghana has recorded 148,079 cases of the virus with 1,313 deaths.

An increase in the number of cases in the last 30 days after detection of the Omicron variant has seen the number of active cases in Ghana rise to 13,576.

Ghana only had 2,877 cases as of December 18, 2022.

The government has declared the last month of 2021 to be immunization month amid growing concern over the reluctance of the Ghanaian population to immunize.

This has been accompanied by vaccination warrants such as the directive for all people to be vaccinated upon arrival at Kotoka International Airport before they can be allowed to enter the country.

The government initially wanted to vaccinate 20 million Ghanaians by the end of 2021, but postponed this target to the end of the first quarter of 2022.

It has been suggested that vaccinations could be made mandatory, which sparked opposition from some Ghanaians as a Christian group, Lawyers for Christ Ghana.

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