Yellow fever vaccination has nothing to do with COVID-19 – GHS


Deputy Director of Public Health for the Ghana Health Service in the Bono region Dr. John Ekow Otoo, has dispel rumors that the vaccines used in the ongoing yellow fever vaccination are meant to infect people with coronavirus.

He noted that, the yellow fever vaccines are not in anyway link to the novel coronavirus.

The Ghana Health Service is currently vaccinating people in four selected districts of the Bono region that did not benefit from the 2018 vaccination against yellow fever.

The exercise which started on Thursday November 12 and expected to end Wednesday November 18 is ongoing at the Sunyani Municipal, Berekum Municipal, Berekum West and Banda districts.

Persons between the ages of 10 and 60 are expected to be vaccinated against the yellow fever disease.

Speaking on Dinpa Anopa Bosuo show Tuesday November 17, Dr. Otoo noted that, the exercise has been fruitful excerpt that some persons are peddling falsehood that the vaccines are that of COVID-19.

”Unfortunately, there was some rumour in some part of the region that the vaccines are COVID-19 vaccines so people should resist it. Looking at the data now, we have about 60,000 more people to be vaccinated. The yellow fever vaccines came before the outbreak of COVID-19.”

He noted that, ”there’s no vaccine that has been sanctioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be given to anybody. I know a lot of trials are ongoing but I am saying on authority that no vaccine against COVID-19 has been approved by WHO.”

”Our only best bet now is the safety protocols so the current fever vaccination has nothing to do with COVID-19”, he stressed.

He disclosed that the Bono region have 615 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 since its outbreak with an active case of 8 as at Monday November 16.

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Ghana/ Nyarko Abronoma

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