COVID-19: Don’t take Johnson & Johnson jab if you’ve already received AstraZeneca – GHS

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has warned Ghanaians to desist from taking double vaccinations of the COVID-19 jab.

The Director-General of the GHS, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, said those who have already taken AstraZeneca must desist from receiving the Johnson & Johnson jab.

This, he said, could be risky to one’s health, adding that the GHS has a mechanism of detecting those who are qualified.

“We have a mechanism of checking on how we ensure that we are giving to those who are qualified,” Dr. Kuma-Aboagye said, as quoted by Myjoyonline.

“I believe that if someone’s intention is to cheat, by telling them how we intend to check, will make it difficult for us to check, but we don’t have enough evidence for the safety of mixing vaccines and in terms of what benefits you get.”

Ghana recently received 177,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines to be administered to citizens across the country.

Meanwhile, over 800,000 Ghanaians have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 following a mass vaccination programme that started in March.

Dr. Kuma-Aboagye said more doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will arrive in the coming weeks as part of the Africa Union’s African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT).

“This is just the first of many tranches that will be coming in. This is a vaccine that is being shared across the world. We know that for the J & J, our stock of what we have secured is about 16.9 million doses.

“They’d be coming from time to time and very soon we’d get a few more tranches,” the GHS boss added.