Covid-19 vaccines not expired – GHS
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has urged the public to ignore rumors that it will vaccinate individuals with outdated medications for its upcoming round of vaccine campaigns.
For those who have not yet had a full or partial immunization against COVID-19, the service has announced December 14 to December 18, 2022, as the new vaccination dates.
The Pfizer vaccine, which will be used for this round of inoculation, has a life span of 15 months, not 12, as some media outlets have stated.
At a media appearance, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, director general of GHS, urged all unvaccinated residents to join the effort to prevent instances of COVID-19 during and after the Christmas celebrations.
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“Vaccine development typically takes years since we have to wait for stability to determine the shelf life. However, because this is the world’s condition and we have been granted different shelf lifetimes, we continue to look for stability.
“The World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) therefore prolong the vaccine when the deadline draws near and stability continues, making the current vaccine expiry for Pfizer 15 months rather than the 12 months that were originally specified.
Since it is safe, the WHO and other regulatory agencies will extend its use for 15 months, Dr. Kuma-Aboagye said that the claim that we providing expired vaccinations is untrue.
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