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COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for all Ghanaians is possible – Agyeman-Manu.

Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Health Minister designate has hinted that there is a possibility of making the coronavirus vaccine jab compulsory for all Ghanaians.

But for now the implementation of that activity is premature or too early.

“If it becomes necessary, that may be a way government will go. But for now, it is a bit premature for us to predict that situation, but we will anticipate that,” he said while speaking to Citi News in an interview.

He spake, urging all the citizenry of Ghana to willingly avail themselves for the vaccination process which started yesterday March 2, 2021.

In the view of this however, the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye believes that such law is not possible to be enforced to compel Ghanaians to taking the coronavirus vaccine. He also believes that the citizenry could be educated to avail themselves willingly in taking the vaccine without any enforced compulsion from government.

The Speaker of Parliament said also that if the sensitisation work is done effectively.

“It is better to go tactically. When you make the people understand what they are doing, love what they are doing, to do by their own volition, that will be better,” he said.

“There are certain powers which one can describe as reserve powers of the state. They are reserved. You don’t just start applying them.” he continued.

Some Ghanaians have expressed their uncertainty about the efficacy of the vaccine believing also some conspiracy theories amid the vaccine.

The President, together with his wife earlier on took the vaccine to allay the fear of citizens.

The President after taking his shot, admonished Ghanaians not to believe the various conspiracy theories amid the vaccination process.

The country received 600,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as part of the COVAX distribution programme.

The vaccination rollout was announced by the President to be conducted in 43 different districts with high infection rates.

These districts include 25 in the Greater Accra Region, 16 in the Ashanti Region, and 2 in the Central Region.

Ghana currently have 5,444 active cases of the virus with 607 deaths and a total of 84,023comfirmed cases.

QUESTION: Do you think it would rather be helpful if the vaccination process is backed by law to be compulsory?

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