President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his wife, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, have taken the first jabs of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
The first family took their jabs at the 37 Military Hospital at a brief ceremony.
In his 24th national address to the nation on the covid-19 outbreak, the President allayed the fears of Ghanaians saying the vaccine was safe.
He also disputed claims that the vaccine will alter the DNA of those who would take it.
”Taking the vaccine will not alter your DNA, it will not embed a tracking device in your body, neither will it cause infertility in women or in men. As your President, I want to assure you that the vaccine is safe. That is why tomorrow, on Monday, 1st March, ahead of the commencement of the vaccination programme on Tuesday, 2nd March, my wife the First Lady, the Vice President, his wife the Second Lady, and I will take the vaccine publicly at two (2) health facilities in Accra.
Key public officials such as the Speaker and Members of Parliament, the Chief Justice and Justices of the Superior Court of Judicature, Chairperson and Members of the Council of State, the Chief of Staff and senior officials at the Office of the President, and prominent personalities like some Eminent Clergy, the National Chief Imam, the Asantehene, the Ga Mantse, and some media practitioners will also, on Tuesday, take the jab publicly. This is being done because the vaccine will help protect us against the impact of COVID-19 on our health. It is also a major catalyst to restoring livelihoods and the national economy to the robust level it belongs,” he added.