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No COVID-19 vaccination, No entry – Speaker declares

Source The Ghana Report

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has announced that persons who have not received COVID-19 vaccination will not be allowed within the premises of parliament.

Following the directive made by the Speaker on the floor of parliament, everyone, including legislators, are supposed to provide proof of their vaccination cards.

“Medical experts have strongly recommended that even after taking two shots of the vaccine, one will require a booster shot to provide an extra layer of protection against the virus. I want, at this stage, to state that this booster vaccination is compulsory for everyone working within the precincts of parliament.

“Henceforth, members, staff, and ancillary staff will be required to show proof of vaccination before being allowed into any office within the precincts of parliament,” he said.

A booster vaccination exercise is currently underway in the house as a means of helping fight the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Mr Bagbin said taking the booster vaccine is compulsory for all persons within the parliamentary enclave.

All government and public agencies, including Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), are expected to institute the same policy following instructions by the government.

The Ministry of Health has already started implementing the policy.

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, had said that as the government agency at the forefront of health delivery, it needed to lead by example.

“Effective Tuesday, January 4, 2022, everybody entering the Ministry of Health building must be vaccinated before they are admitted. Valid vaccination cards will be, therefore, required for entry,” he said.

Also, during the festive season last year, patrons of the various beaches were to provide vaccination cards before entry.

The government has so far administered 9.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.

So far, 6.8 million have received at least one dose, while 3.1 million have been fully vaccinated.

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