The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it is starting the vaccination of students aged 15 years and above in various schools across the country with the Pfizer vaccine.
This follows approval of the vaccine by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to be used among students in that age bracket.
Initially, the administration of the Pfizer vaccine was limited to persons aged 17 years and above.
A statement signed by the Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwah urged all Regional and District Directors of education to work with the health officials to ensure the smooth vaccination process across the country.
According to the Ghana Health Service, the Food and Drugs Authority has granted approval for extending the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to cover children from 15 years and above.
“As part of measures at halting the spread of COVID-19 in schools and among the general public, the Ghana Health Service has planned to vaccinate all children aged 15 years and above as soon as possible to increase their level of protection against COVID-19,” the GES said.