The ministry of information in a press statement has quashed rumours of the existence of sanctions and punishments for citizens who refuse to take the COVAX vaccine.
The false news in regard to sanctions came about after the minister of information, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah was asked about what measures had been put in place for individuals who refuse to take the vaccine jabs in a press briefing he had at the Peduase Lodge in the Eastern Region. The minster actually said:
“As at now, there are no sanctions that have been rolled out. We are encouraging strongly that people should take the vaccines and we are pleased that we are observing that the initial vaccine hesitancy appears to be toning down a bit and we congratulate you our colleagues in the media as you are helping us. We congratulate our colleagues in NCCE, ISD. As we are getting the message out, we are noticing that hesitancy is gradually coming down and a lot more people are volunteering to take the vaccine. So we have not had need as at now to introduce any sanctions. Should it become necessary at some point, that we consider either what has been done I think in places like Israel or other places, where they will say if you haven’t taken the vaccine, you can’t attend a public program; if you haven’t taken the vaccine I think in Dubai, you have to do a PCR test at your own cost every week or something; should it become necessary that we get there, we would advise accordingly but for now, we are happy at the level of encouragement and volunteering with which people are stepping up and taking it”
This information he gave about the unavailability of sanctions at the moment was at Peduase on Monday, March 8, 2021.
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