An investigative journalists and award winner Mr. Manasseh Azure Awuni has declined to take part in the vaccination exercise in Ghana and disclosed reasons he will not take the Coronavirus vaccine with the Media as the nation’s rollout of the vaccination Programme begins today, Tuesday, 2nd March, 2020.
According to Manasseh Azure Awuni, he received an emergency invitation from Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) yesterday to participate in vaccination exercise scheduled to take place at the Ghana International Press Centre.
He said, though he applauds the initiative for inviting him to take a vaccine, he believes that, the limited doses of vaccine should be given to individuals who have underlying health conditions since he has none. As a result, he has declined the invitation to join other Journalists to receive the covid-19 vaccine.
Read his full statement below.
Last night, I received an invitation from an executive of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to come for the Covid-19 vaccination today at the Ghana International Press Centre.
I asked further questions and I was told that 800 doses of the vaccine provided to Ghana through the Covax initiative have been allocated to journalists.
I was excited about the opportunity. I have never bought into the wild conspiracy theories. I have been looking forward to the opportunity to get vaccinated. And here was one!
On second thought, however, I decided to decline the invitation so I communicated it to the GJA executive and gave my reason.
I’m relatively young and do not have any known underlying health condition. I know many active or retired journalists are old. I also know journalists who are young but have underlying health conditions that make them more susceptible to the vagaries of Covid-19.
With the limited doses available, I don’t think it is right to go and get the jab while those who need it more than I may not have the opportunity.
Ghana has a population of about 30 million. We took delivery of 600,000 doses from the Covax arrangement. And if each person is to get two doses of the vaccine, then it means we will cover 300,000 people. (I stand to be corrected).
I’m eager to get this vaccine to protect myself, my family, and those I come into contact with. But I know there are many people out there–in this case, many journalists–who need it more than I.