GFF expands COVID-19 vaccination drive in preparation for year-end festival

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The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) will accelerate its nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive on Saturday, as the football community continues to join forces with national health authorities to protect players, match officials, coaches, staff and fans in the run-up to the hotly-anticipated year-end football bonanza.

The GFF has slated three tournaments for its COVID-secure “return to play” schedule to mark the resumption of senior competitive football during the Christmas holiday season: the GFF-Kashif and Shanghai Super 16 Cup, the GFF Women’s Super 16 Cup, and the GFF Futsal Championship Cup.

All competition participants and fans will be required to show official proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to access all tournament venues.

On Saturday, November 13, players, match officials, coaches, staff and fans will be able to attend Ministry of Health Emergency Operations Centre vaccination sites in Berbice, Linden and West Coast Demerara, as follows:

Berbice Football Association

New Amsterdam Scotts School Ground – 10:00h to 15:00h

Corriverton

Springlands – FACT Pavement – 10:0h to 15:00h

West Coast Demerara Football Association

Number Five Village Ground – 10:00h to 15:00h

Upper Demerara Football Association

Linden Egbert Benjamin Exhibition and Conference Centre – 09:00h to 15:00h

The expansion of the vaccination programme builds on clinics held last weekend at the GFF National Training Centre in Providence, East Bank Demerara, and in Linden.

“We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the public, the football community, the Government of Guyana and our frontline health workers for the incredible support they have shown for this crucial vaccination campaign so far,” said GFF President Wayne Forde.

“Everyone who wants to take part in our year-end festival of football, including players, match officials, staff, coaches, fans and vendors, must be able to show proof of vaccination to access these competitions,” Forde said.

“As such, we kindly urge our entire community to get vaccinated, both to protect our loved ones and to help us safely deliver a memorable return to play for senior men’s and women’s football during this end of the year celebration.” (GFF)

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