Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice, Dr. Mahammudu Bawumia will on Monday, March 1, 2021 be the first to publicly receive shots of the newly arrived COVID-19 vaccines.

The two leaders will be administered the vaccines together with their wives, Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Samira Bawumia respectively to boost public confidence in the safety and efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine as Ghanaian public health officials try to convince the public to take the vaccine.

The President announced this during his 24th COVID-19 address to Ghanaians on Sunday.

Speaking in an address to the nation, the President said the vaccination will take place at two separate health facilities for both families.

“As your President, I want to assure you that the vaccine is safe. That is why tomorrow, on Monday, 1st March, ahead of the commencement of the vaccination programme on Tuesday, 2nd March, my wife the First Lady, the Vice President, his wife the Second Lady, and I will take the vaccine publicly at two health facilities in Accra,” Nana Addo indicated.

Other key public officials will on Tuesday follow suit. They include the Speaker and Members of Parliament, the Chief Justice and Justices of the Superior Court of Judicature, Chairperson and Members of the Council of State, the Chief of Staff and senior officials at the Office of the President take the jab publicly.

The rest are the Clergy, the National Chief Imam, the Asantehene, the Ga Mantse, and some media practitioners.

“This is being done because the vaccine will help protect us against the impact of COVID-19 on our health. It is also a major catalyst to restoring livelihoods and the national economy to the robust level it belongs”, The President  noted.