There have been many conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 vaccine since it was announced that vaccination would begin nationwide.
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Many people had and still have some preconceived ideas of the vaccine altering their DNA, others have the notion it would make them impotent or sterile while others believe the vaccine is a plot to wipe out the human race.
Since March 1, when President Akufo-Addo publicly took his jab together with his vice and their spouses, people are still not convinced about the safety of the vaccines and why they should take the jab.
YEN.com.gh has, however, compiled five reasons why every Ghanaian should take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Even though science has proven that the vaccines are not a 100% cure for COVID.
1. To stop the spread
Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce the chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough.
Vaccines work with the immune system, so they will be ready to fight the virus if they are exposed.
This should be enough reason for every Ghanaians to take the vaccine.
2. To protect oneself and family
COVID-19 vaccination will help protect an individual by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine offers some natural protection, known as immunity.
Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in 90 days after the initial infection.
The Ghana Health Service in one of its many press conferences revealed that taking the step to getting the jab is a step in the right direction to protect oneself, the family, and the community.
3. To reduce mortality rate
So far the country's COVID-19 death toll is almost 700.
Even though the COVID-19 vaccine is not guaranteed to be 100% for those who take the jab, it goes a long way to protect the immune system of those who take it and therefore does not make them susceptible to the COVID-19, which could lead to death.
4. It is free
Ghanaians must endeavor to take the vaccine because it comes at no cost at all to them.
Since the government wants the vaccine given to all classes of people, it does not come at a cost to those who take it.
This should be reason enough for every Ghanaian to take the COVID vaccine since they would not have to pay for it.
5. Has no serious side effects
All medications come with some side effects.
People who have already taken the COVID-19 vaccine jab, would experience some side effects.
Testimonies from people who have taken the jab indicate that the side effects do not last more than 24 hours.
Most people experience headaches, joint pains, feverishness, and a bit of flu within the first 24 hours.
In other news, the Programme Manager on Immunization at the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Kwame Amponsa-Achiano, has noted that a total of 30,500 Ghanaians have received the COVID-19 vaccine as of March 3, 2021.
He noted that out of the 30,500, about 16,990 of them are males while 13,450 are females.
He said this in an interview with the media on the sidelines of the National Delegates Congress of Community Health Nurses, Ghana (CHNG) in Accra on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
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