As of March 16, 2021, between 430,000 and 450,000 people had been vaccinated, with nearly 1,030 to 1,050 people reporting side effects.
This news follows rumors that some people who received the vaccine developed blood clots, but Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority, FDA, downplayed these claims on Thursday.
Dr. Kwame Amponsah- Achiano, the Programmes Manager at the Ghana Health Service’s Expanded Programme on Immunization, announced this on the 3FM Sunrise Morning Show, but added that the Ghana Health Service prefers to refer to these side effects as adverse events.
We would be confident when you say adverse events because not all immunization-related events are caused by vaccination, but we refer to them as events in general.
“So we’ve had nearly 1,030 and 1,050 incidents promoting, again, these are risks in comparison to the number of people vaccinated, which is about 268-300 events per 100,000 vaccinated. In other words, we have 300 reports for every 100,000 people who have received the vaccine.”
Ghana, he claims, is not faring badly in terms of the recorded adverse events.
The most common symptoms are diarrhoea, headaches, fever, injection site pain, and hunger. People are talking about sleeping too much, while others say they didn’t sleep well, so we’ve found a variety of mild adverse events so far, which we’re still tracking and FDA is in control of”
As of March 17, 2021, the country had completed 60% of the planned vaccinations.