Former Ghana president Mahama, wife vaccinated against COVID-19

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Former Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama arrives for a meeting with France's President at the Elysee Palace in Paris May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT) - RTX1040U

Former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama and his wife Lordina Mahama were vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday at a hospital in Accra.

Former Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama arrives for a meeting with France’s President at the Elysee Palace in Paris May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE – Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT) – RTX1040U

“I believe that all Ghanaians should avail themselves for the vaccines and indeed in Africa, we should be less hesitant about taking vaccines because all of us took vaccines when we were growing up, and it is due to these vaccines that today our children do not get all kinds of diseases like polio and smallpox among others,” Mahama told the media after vaccination

The former president further urged people to disregard all negative conspiracy theories surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Vaccines are useful in preserving our health and so Ghanaians should disregard all these rumors. I agreed to take the vaccine publicly, so everyone would be assured that the vaccines are safe,” he said.

The government of Ghana has taken delivery of some 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines through the COVAX facility. The West African country seeks to immunize 20 million people from March 2 to October this year.

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