The government of Qatar has announced that it will not allow fans to attend the 2022 FIFA World Cup who haven’t received a full vaccination against Covid-19.
Qatar will require spectators at the showpiece event to have received covid vaccines to enter the stadiums, the government has announced.
Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani told mediapersons that the Gulf nation is trying to secure a million vaccine doses to immunize fans wanting to watch the event.
“When the date of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 comes, most countries of the world will have vaccinated and immunized their citizens,” Sheikh Khalid was quoted as saying by state media on Sunday.
“Due to the possibility that some countries will not be able to vaccinate all their citizens, Qatar will not allow fans to enter stadiums without receiving a full vaccination against the virus,” he added.
“We are currently negotiating with a company to provide one million vaccine doses against the coronavirus for the immunization of those coming to the FIFA World Cup Qatar,” Sheikh Khalid said.
“Our primary goal in vaccinating the unvaccinated is to protect the public health of citizens and residents,” he further expressed.
Significantly, Qatar had recorded 585 deaths besides 220,800 cases during the pandemic.
However, FIFA and Qatar World Cup organizers are yet to comment on the decision for the showpiece event, which will begin on November 21, 2022.