President of the Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA), Roland Affail Monney has urged journalists to educate the populace on the potency of the Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
He said all the science available proves to the fact that the vaccine is potent against the coronavirus disease and has never been proven otherwise.
Addressing the widespread misinformation and conspiracy theories, the GJA President stated, “The comments of some pastors and journalists are rooted in ignorance. Issues around the vaccine have to do with science and it is not for journalists to say the vaccine will render those who take it impotent. As journalists, we should be at the forefront in educating the populace on the potency of the vaccine”.
He furthered that Ghana has seen numerous vaccination exercises from polio to yellow fever and expressed his surprise at the number of conspiracy theories surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine.
Affail Monney noted that members of the GJA proving the virus is safe will also publicly take the vaccine at the Accra International Press Center on 2nd March 2021 and urged journalists to be present at the event.
The GJA on the said date will also launch a media campaign to educate Ghanaians on the need to take the vaccine and the importance of wearing nose masks and regarding COVID-19 safety protocols regardless of having received the vaccine.
President Akufo-Addo today Monday, March 1, 2021, became the first to publicly receive shot of the newly arrived COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana.
This was done at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.