General Secretary of the Ghana Football Association, Prosper Harrison Addo, has revealed plans to vaccinate football fans at the various league centres across the country.
This has become necessary as the GFA and the government are keen on the fight against COVID-19, in the wake of the new Omicron variant which has been detected in some countries.
The Football Association says it is taking this step to also complement the government’s efforts after the Ghana Health Service declared December 2021 as Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccination month to ensure the implementation of its mandatory vaccination policy from January 2022.
According to Prosper Addo, who was a guest on Kickoff on Luv Fm, the GFA will urge the various football clubs to liaise with Covid-19 officials in their areas to ensure fans are vaccinated and not denied the opportunity of enjoying their favourite sport.
“We are ensuring that all the stakeholders of the footballing ecosystem are vaccinated. We have even engaged clubs to ensure that they can work with the Covid officials in their locality to bring them to match venues in this December that has been declared a month of vaccination in Ghana and ensure that supporters get vaccinated so that in January when government moves into full swing, soccer fans would be ready so that we don’t have anybody missing on the beautiful game of football,” he said.
Prosper Addo believes football supporters in the country need to understand the importance of this vaccination exercise and take it seriously to avoid premature casualties.
“This December, a few times we will see clubs working with Covid officials at match centres on match days so that their supporters will take advantage and get vaccinated.
“Together we have to protect ourselves; we can’t protect one centre and leave the rest so until we get a good number vaccinated we are all not safe and that’s why I’ll urge and plead with both the sporting and general media to push home the message together with the government in this pandemic period,” he said.