The Extended Programme on Immunisation (EPI) of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it has received about 1,000 reports of adverse effects from persons vaccinated against Covid-19.

These are people vaccinated within 12 days of the first phase of the Covid-19 vaccination exercise.

The Programme Manager of the EPI, Dr Kwame Amponsa-Achino, told the Ghana News Agency that the reactions and complaints received by his outfit and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) were fever, sweating, headache, weakness, chills and body aches which were all expected.

The Programme Manager said the reports were not different from reactions and adverse reports from other countries and what was stated by the manufacturer in the vaccine package information.

Dr Amponsa-Achiano said the complaints were received mainly through the complaints call number provided on the vaccination card, the Med App and a complaints link provided by the FDA.

He said data showed that as of 1900 hours on Sunday, March 14, nearly 404,000 persons had taken their first jab of the Covid-19 vaccine from the 43 districts earmarked for the first phase.

Those vaccinated include front-line health workers, adults aged 60 years and above, and people with underlining health conditions such as diabetes, kidney diseases, hypertension, and cancer.

The others are frontline security personnel, frontline government officials, the media, and all frontline workers in the formal sector.

According to him, a total of 20 million Ghanaians are expected to be vaccinated against the virus, of which females formed about 62 percent of the number vaccinated so far.

Dr Amponsah-Achiano encouraged the public to keep adhering to the Covid-19 safety protocols.