Information reaching us indicates that there is a huge misconception about the COVID-19 vaccine in the Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern Region.
According to the District Health Director, Esther Dua Oyinka, there is misinformation that the ruling New Patriotic Party government wants to use the vaccine to change the minds of electorate in the district to vote for the NPP in 2024 and subsequent elections.
“Some of the rumours are that if you are a man and you take the vaccine you will become impotent which is a falsehood,” she stated.
According to her “others are saying if you are a lady, you will cease menstruation and you cannot give birth any longer, others say if you take it you are going to die that it will push you to your early grave because you will experience some funny signs and symptoms in your body.”
“Even some are saying it is the government that has put in certain things to make up for the vaccine to vaccinate them so that it will change their minds from voting for any other party except the sitting party,” she revealed.
The fear of the vaccine influencing who to vote for in the next and subsequent elections has led to a very low turnout for Covid-19 vaccination in the Upper Manya Krobo district.
According to the District Health Directorate, they have estimated to vaccinate about 50,104 people in the district by the end of this year but only 282 have fully been vaccinated since the beginning of the vaccination exercise.
They further revealed that about 820 persons who took the first jab are however hesitating to take the second dose.