Fan safety of paramount importance to the FIFA World Cup 2022™: Qatar’s generous offer to vaccinate 1 million fans.

Planning and delivery for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ has progressed at an impressive pace despite the global pandemic and its unavoidable impact. The infrastructure is nearing completion and Qatar can’t wait to welcome fans to what is sure to be an exceptional tournament. 

Fan safety is therefore of paramount importance and in what has been described as a generous offer, Qatar will be providing one million COVID-19 vaccines to visitors keen to watch the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ matches ensuring that everyone attending will be fully vaccinated. 

Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdul Aziz al-Thani said Qatar is fully on course to deliver a FIFA World Cup™ to remember despite COVID-19 challenges.  

“We are currently negotiating with a company to provide one million vaccine doses against the coronavirus for the immunisation of those coming to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

“Our primary goal in vaccinating the unvaccinated is to protect the public health of citizens and residents.” 

Sheik Khalid went on to add: 
“When the date of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ comes, most countries of the world will have vaccinated and immunised their citizens. 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.” 

A FIFA spokesperson, speaking to media on the subject, commented as follows: 

“FIFA takes note of the plan announced by Qatar’s Prime Minister and is grateful for the host country’s continued efforts to provide the best possible conditions for fans attending the FIFA World Cup in 2022, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

“In all such matters, we will keep working closely with our counterparts, while also monitoring how the situation evolves globally.” 

The emirate has recorded 220,800 cases since the pandemic started in March last year. It has administered at least 2.8 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, enough to vaccinate around 50.8 per cent of its citizens and residents so far, according to Reuters. 

As an excellent infrastructure and organisational test for tournament organisers, Doha is hosting the FIFA Arab Cup 2021™ in December; an event that Sheikh Khalid said would demonstrate Qatar’s preparedness to host major tournaments. 

The construction of the majority of stadiums had been completed, he said, while work continues on three, including Lusail Stadium, which will host the Final Match of the FIFA World Cup 2022™ and is currently 90% completed. 

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