Qatar allowing only vaccinated fans at 2022 World Cup
Qatar, the country hosting the next Soccer World Cup (Mundial Qatar 2022), announced that it will only allow vaccinated people to enter the country. This will be the first World Cup in history to take place in a Middle Eastern country. It is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 21st, 2022 with a duration of 4 weeks in Qatar's state-of-art stadiums.
The Prime Minister Khaled Bin Khalifa Al Thani has stated that: “When the World Cup begins in 2022, most of the countries of the world will have vaccinated and immunized their citizens”. Qatar has the authority to ban spectators from entering the World Cup stadiums unless they’ve received both doses of the vaccinations and are completely immune to the virus. "We are currently negotiating with a company to obtain one million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to immunize spectators who want to attend the World Cup tournaments," the Prime Minister of Qatar continued. "Our main objective is to vaccinate those who are not, in order to protect the health of our population and people."
Qatar has already administered the vaccine to around 50.8% of its citizens and residents with Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. They hope that the majority of foreigners who travel to the World Cup will have already be vaccinated by then.