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There’s possible new variant of COVID-19 during Christmas – Ghana Health Service

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has cautioned Ghanaians to be moderate of their celebrations in the Christmas festivities amidst the possibility of a new variant of COVID-19.

According to the Service, the likelihood of recording a new disease is high if the necessary protocols are not adhered to.

It also noted that Ghana could also see a surge in COVID-19 cases given that some countries around the world have seen hikes in cases due to a change in weather conditions.

These was said in Accra at a media briefing by the Director General of the GHS, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye.

“There is also a potential for a new variant just like we had during the last Christmas -the Omicron variant. So, we also have to look at that as a risk factor, and so we need to be alert and make sure that we sustain the gains made so far, so we don’t go back to where we were many months ago,” he stated.

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He further expressed the Service’s readiness to curb any possible upsurge during the period.

It follows the Ghana Health Service vaccination programme which started on Wednesday, December 14, for citizens yet to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

The vaccination programme which ends today, Monday, December 19, 2022, aimed to prevent a possible surge in cases of Covid-19 before, during and after the Christmas festivities.

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It is held under the theme, Protect Yourself, Protect Your Family, Get Vaccinated Against Covid-19, this edition was expected to vaccinate over 1.4 million people between 14th and 18th December 2023.

Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye continued and highlighted that the mass vaccination programme re-launched last week has so far seen a little over one million people receiving the jab.

He used the opportunity and charged opinion leaders to continue to entreat their people not to exclude themselves from the exercise.

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Meanwhile, the GHS has so far administered a total of 21,179,341 vaccine doses as of Wednesday, November 30.

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