The Board of Trustees of the COVID-19 National Trust Fund has pledged to intensify education on the vaccines to be administered.
According to the board, the exercise will aid in clearing the doubts people have about the negative effects of the vaccine.
At an event organized by the Greater Accra Arts Centre and Rescue Volunteers on COVID-19, the administrator for the Board of Trustees of the COVID-19 National Trust Fund, Dr. William Collins Asare, said supporting the education on the vaccines is a step in the right direction.
“The fund deems it appropriate to intensify nationwide awareness and public education on the pandemic. The second phase of the educational campaign will also be used to debunk the myths and fallacies relating to the mass vaccination against the coronavirus.”
“There is a lot of very bad propaganda on social media and the press in general against the vaccines which are being rolled out soon in our country.”
The Executive Director for the National Commission on Culture, Madam Edna Janet Nyame, called on stakeholders in the creative arts industry to support the education drive.
“We want the creative arts to come in, the musicians to also come in with their music. We have the creative industry the artists and the rest coming on board. Each of them enacting what they are capable of doing so that the message will spread faster, the talking doesn’t sink down well. So we want them to come on board”.
Country Director for Rescue Volunteers, Lydia Odai-Tettey admonished the public to back government’s efforts in curbing the spread of the virus by adhering to all safety protocols.
“We believe in our leadership, we know and trust that the government agencies whose work is to test that the vaccines are good for Ghanaians will do their work. I will urge Ghanaians to have patience as we wait for the health authorities to direct us on how to go about the vaccines. As we wait for our turn since the vaccines aren’t enough for everyone we must obey all safety protocols”.
The top hierarchy of government has also been on a public relations campaign to prove the safety of the virus.
President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia were both vaccinated publicly.
Dr. Bawumia, after his jab, urged all Ghanaians who qualify to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to do so.
The Vice President added that the conspiracy theories surrounding the vaccines should be disregarded.
“Don’t listen to the naysayers who what to spread conspiracy theories about this vaccine. It is not going to change your DNA or have all these effects they are talking about in the conspiracies. It is going to protect,” he said.