Sierra Leone has made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for soccer players, staff and fans in efforts to curb the spread of the virus within the sport.
The country’s football association (SLFA) issued the directive as the Premier League resumed at the weekend.
With the help of the National COVID-19 Emergency Response Centre (Nacoverc), the league’s 18 teams have been given vaccination avenues to ensure compliance with the directive.
Sierra Leone launched its mass vaccination exercise in March as the government sough to contain the spread of the virus in order to fully reopen the economy.
By Wednesday, the country had recorded 6,386 COVID-19 infections with 121 fatalities.
The government is keen to ramp up vaccinations for the country’s 7.8 million people, and is banking on the arrival of more doses of the vaccines to achieve this.
On Monday, Sierra Leone received a boost in its mass inoculation drive with the arrival of 113,490 doses of the Pfizer vaccines through the COVAX Facility. The latest arrival came barely a week after the country received another consignment of 151,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.