The National Communication Officer of the National Democratic Congress(NDC), Lawyer Sammy Gyamfi and the Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Hon. Samuel Nartey George have expressed divergent views on the compulsory vaccination brouhaha.

This follows Ghana Health Service’s decision to make vaccination compulsory for all travelers leaving and visiting the country.

According to the Service, in the wake of Omicron, all persons 18 years and above arriving in Ghana from December 12 must provide proof of full vaccination.

It has also announced plans to prevent the unvaccinated population from accessing certain public spaces such as stadia and entertainment event centres during the yuletide.

Reacting to the decision, Lawyer Sammy Gyamfi took to his Facebook page to register his displeasure, by stating that “Vaccination must be by choice and not by force.”

According to Sammy Gyamfi, “After, a careful and objective consideration of the contrived justifications being mounted by some for compulsory COVID-19 vaccination restrictions on the right of entry into Ghana, I am fortified in my belief that same is unconstitutional, illegal and unjustifiable, as the directive is neither supported by law nor the science of COVID-19.”

To him, vaccination is a voluntary affair; hence no one should be forced to take the jab against their will.

However, the Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Hon. Sam George has taken a different position on the issue.

According to Sam George, compulsory vaccination upon entry to the Republic of Ghana doesn’t amount to an infringement of rights.

He believes that it is a sound public health policy and a very good step by the Akufo-Addo-led administration.

He also declared his support for the compulsory vaccination with the hope that it is implemented vigorously.

He stressed that “public health considerations supersede personal liberties.”

“On the vaccines, it is compulsory for all unvaccinated persons seeking to enter Ghana or attend mass public events. Why are people not complaining about the yellow card mandate? If you stay in your house, nobody would ask you for vaccine card. Public health and safety trumps all,” the Ningo-Prampram lawmaker stated on his Twitter page.



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