The General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, and the International Missions Director, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi Addo, today, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, led a delegation of ministers of The Church of Pentecost to take the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the La Polyclinic in Accra.
Among the ministers who were vaccinated were Ministry Directors, Area Heads, and other ministers on secondment.
The Church of Pentecost, through a Communique issued on February 21, 2021, by the Chairman, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, approved of the administration of the COVID-19 vaccines and urged members to get vaccinated when the opportunity arises.
The position of the church followed a recommendation by a technical committee, made up of experts with a diverse background, including Theologians, Pharmacists, Clinicians, Public Health Consultants, Lawyers, Psychologists, Social Workers, among others, put together by the leadership of the church to evaluate the vaccines and the myths regarding it.
The mass vaccination exercise was therefore undertaken by the ministers as part of efforts by the leadership of the church to promote public confidence in the efficacy of the vaccine and to disabuse the minds about the conspiracies surrounding it.
In a related development, the immediate past Chairman of the church, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah (Rtd.) took a jab of the vaccine earlier today at the Pentecost Hospital at Madina in Accra following the official launch of the mass vaccination exercise at the hospital.
It is also worth noting that Apostle Eric Nyamekye became one of the first recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine when he joined the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and other dignitaries in the country to take the jab on Monday, March 1, 2021, at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
On Wednesday, February 24, the government of Ghana took delivery of 600,000 doses of COVAX vaccine from the World Health Organisation (WHO), thus, becoming the first country in Africa to receive the vaccine. This was received with mixed feelings by the Ghanaian populace, some of whom have expressed doubts and mistrust about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The nationwide COVID-19 vaccination exercise by the Ghana Health Service began today in 43 districts in three regions of the country – Greater Accra, Ashanti and Central. A total of 20 million Ghanaians are expected to be vaccinated against the virus by the end of the exercise.