Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health Manoauda Malachie said on Friday that vaccines against COVID-19 are in high demand in the country ahead of the kick-off of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Sunday.
“Following the high demand for COVID-19 vaccination observed in accredited centers, measures have been taken for the delivery of health passes,” Malachie said in a statement 48 hours to the start of Africa’s biggest football festival.
The government has created an online platform to permit people to register to be vaccinated and tested “quickly”.
Only those who have been vaccinated and tested will obtain a “health pass” which will permit them to enter the stadium, the minister said.
“The minister also reassures the availability of testing and vaccination teams around the stadium for people who want to complete their health situation with a rapid antigenic screening test. This operation will have to take place in order and discipline so that our country retains all the rigor of the epidemiological surveillance measures taken by the government of the republic,” Malachie added.
In December, Cameroonian sports and health officials and the Confederation of African Football said proof of vaccination and presentation of a negative COVID-19 test result will be mandatory to attend AFCON matches.
Cameroon is hosting the continent’s biennial football jamboree from Sunday to February 6.