GHS relaxes Covid-19 vaccination requirements for arrivals at Kotoka International Airport

Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye.
Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye.

By Yvonne Atilego

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has reviewed guidelines for Ghanaians entering the country through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

Per the earlier modification implemented during the yuletide 2021, persons aged 18 years and above, arriving in Ghana from December 12, 2021, were to provide proof of full vaccination.

However at a media briefing in Accra, Director-General of GHS, Dr. Patrick Kumah-Aboagye explained that the directive has been reviewed to make it more lenient.

Now, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Ghanaians and resident foreigners have been exempted from the requirement of full vaccination before traveling to Ghana.

Dr. Kumah-Aboagye explained that persons who will be affected by the review are expected to take the vaccination on arrival at the Airport.

”The new guideline is that, Ghanaians and resident foreigners who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated are exempted from the requirements of full vaccination before traveling to Ghana, however they will be offered vaccination on arrival and if they fail to take the vaccination offer they go on mandatory quarantine for seven days at their own cost”.

”So what it means is that the issue of a Ghanaians being denied entry and a resident’s foreigner coming in because he is not vaccinated will be changed, but, when you come in you have to get vaccinated, failing which you go on mandatory seven days quarantine”.

”The other cases will be considered case by case, those who are sick and they can not get vaccinated. We continue giving exemption for those who come up with those problems. I am to ensure that cases do not spread, we are going to enhance our home care management to ensure strict compliance with the Home Management Protocols for all those who are eligible for admission. What it means is that we are currently doing some checks to see those who test positive at the Airport  who can self isolate”.

Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye.
Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye.

Meanwhile the Service has announced that it is now safe for pregnant women in Ghana to take vaccines. According to the Service, this was based on local and international evidence.

Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye who made this known said at the initial stages of the vaccine roll-out, GHS was skeptical about administering the vaccines to pregnant women.

However, pregnant women can now receive the Covid-19 jabs based on recent data and findings.

Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu

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