The CEO of Garrison Pharmacy, Richmond Adusa-Poku says he would have preferred if frontline workers were the first to be administered the COVAX vaccine rather than the President.
According to him, the distrust most Ghanaians have for politicians may prove detrimental to inuring Ghanaians to accept the vaccine.
He said should frontline health workers be the first to receive the vaccine, it would go a long way to boost trust and faith in the vaccine, hence encouraging Ghanaians to rid their minds of the skepticism surrounding the vaccine.
Speaking on JoyNews’ Newsfile, Saturday, Richmond Adusa-Poku said, “You know the way we treat politicians and our faith in them. I’m not saying I don’t trust the president, but people will criticise – they’ll say politicians are taking the first jab, they are the first on the run.
“So I will prefer that the frontline workers, the people who are at the covid treatment centres they take the first jab.”
His comment follows the Presidential Advisor on Health’s statement in an earlier interview that the President, Akufo-Addo will receive the first dose of the 600,000 Covid-19 vaccines which arrived in the country on Wednesday.
Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, said the move “is to assure Ghanaians that the vaccines are safe.”
However, Mr. Adusa-Poku opined that all around the world where vaccines are being administered, the first people to receive the vaccine shots are the health workers followed by politicians, thus Ghana should take a cue from that.
“I think you clearly see this across the globe and when doctors at Korle-Bu, 37, Komfo Anokye, University of Ghana Medical Centre are seen taking these jabs – these are the people who are looking after the Covid patients – it inures to the benefit of the citizenry, politicians later can follow, that’s my personal view,” he said.