Ghana’s presidential advisor for COVID-19, Dr Nsiah Asare has reiterated government’s plans to implement a policy to deny persons without COVID-19 vaccine certificates access to the various stadiums in the country ahead of the 2021/2022 Ghana Premier League season.
Speaking in an interview on measures to help curb the spread of the virus, Dr Nsiah Asare stated the recent decision, among others, will help government win the fight against COVID-19 in Ghana.
“I’m entreating everyone to get vaccinated this month [December] to enable everyone to go about his normal duty freely. By doing this, football fans can go to the stadium and watch their football without any restrictions because it will get to a point where people who haven’t been vaccinated can’t go to the stadium”, he told Kumasi-based radio station Fox FM.
“We are allowing everyone to get vaccinated now to allow them to go to the stadium and cheer their teams up,” he affirmed.
Dr. Nsiah Asare’s remarks follow the same directive announced by Kurt Okraku, President of the Ghana Football Association, in October 2021.
While speaking at the 27th normal session of congress at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence at Prampram on October 28, 2021, Mr. Okraku said: “We are engaging government to ensure we have more fans accessing our games, but one of the key requirements will be the need for all of us to ensure we are vaccinated to be able to access football.”
“So what that means is that all our players and staff will be vaccinated. Indeed, that process has started, and all football fans who will want to access our games live at the various stadia, must prove they have received vaccination,” he said.
The Government of Ghana is hoping to vaccinate 20 million people before the end of the year 2021, as part of efforts to get herd immunity.
Government has thus introduced new measures to get more Ghanaians to take the jab.
It has thus declared December 2021 as a month of COVID-19 vaccination after which some restrictions would be announced.
The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, on Wednesday announced that from January 2022, persons without vaccine certificates would not be allowed entry into entertainment centres.