The Ashanti Region’s health authorities are targeting certain demographics in an effort to get more people vaccinated against the Covid-19 illness.
Approximately 700,000 inhabitants have been vaccinated thus far, accounting for 11% of the region’s total population of 6 million.
Only 332, 577 people, or around 6% of the total, have been completely vaccinated.
It comes as the Ashanti area receives 461,908 doses of vaccinations, including 184, 800 doses of Moderna and 277, 108 doses of Pfizer vaccines, to begin Phase 2 of the immunization campaign.
Health officials want to vaccinate 4 million individuals or 66 percent of the region’s population of 6 million.
They claim that this will provide the region with the necessary herd immunity to Covid-19.
At a press conference, Dr. Rockson Michael Adjei, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Health Director in charge of Public Health, told journalists that religious bodies would need to be vaccinated free of charge through special arrangements. “The Ashanti regional health directorate has made a concession for groups that want to be vaccinated at their convenience to contact the Deputy Director Public Health at no charge,” he said.
He claims that the action is intended to encourage more people to be vaccinated in order to ensure the Ashanti region’s herd immunity.
“Given that we need to vaccinate at least 3 point 6 million individuals in our region to ensure herd immunity before contemplating lifting limitations, it has become necessary to deploy more vaccines,” says the statement.
Meanwhile, the region has seen a total of 20, 710 cases, including 382 fatalities due to Covid-19.
Despite the fact that the region’s third wave has passed, health officials claim Covid-19 is still there.
They encourage residents to follow the rules to the letter and get vaccinated.