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COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for players, officials ahead of the new season

Sports | THE NORTHERN LINK UG| The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has taken a strong stance regards safeguarding its stakeholders from COVID-19 by decreeing mandatory vaccination.

FUFA’s executive committee approved a decision by the FUFA COVID-19 Management Committee to have all members and officials of FUFA to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to a statement released by FUFA, proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be a mandatory requirement for all clubs (men and women) during the club licensing and registration process.

The resolution will come into effect from Tuesday, June 1, 2021, by which time the current season will have concluded meaning that it will be a requirement for the 2021/22 season.

“FUFA is committed to working with all stakeholders to save the lives of its stakeholders against the wrath of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement read in part.

“In this spirit, the FUFA Executive approved the recommendation of the FUFA COVID-19 Management Committee to mobilise Government/Ministry of Health (MoH) for all Members and officials of FUFA to be vaccinated against COVID-19.”

The statement continues to read: “In executing this measure, FUFA will have a wider opportunity as we seek for opening up football activities with better safety.”

“Vaccination against COVID-19 is not only cheap (free) but improves one’s body immunity, minimizes the effects of the pandemic and can easily be accessed from various facilities throughout the Country.”

“In line with the FIFA, CAF, Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation, FUFA wishes to announce that the MoH has authorized the COVID-19 vaccination of FUFA Members and officials throughout the country with immediate effect to vide ADM:105/309/23.”

“All members of the Executive, Standing Committees, Judicial Bodies, Delegates, Secretariat, Clubs at all levels of both Men and Women Leagues are advised to proceed to the nearest COVID-19 vaccination Centre and get vaccinated.

“Every person shall move along with their FUFA Identification and National Identity Card.”

“The COVID-19 vaccination Card shall, with effect from Tuesday, June 1, 2021, be a mandatory requirement for participation in any FUFA organized and/or authorized activity or event.”

“The events include but are not limited to Player registration and licensing for any competition, club registration and licensing, letter of recommendation and secondment, courses participation, and access to football matches,” the statement continued.

Uganda rolled out its first set of COVID-19 vaccines in March as the country plans to have at least half of its population vaccinated by the end of 2021.

By May 15, of the 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca received in March, over 453,400 doses had been delivered to individuals.

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