Two hundred twenty-eight (228) people got Covid-19 vaccines during the TNM Super League matches played on Sunday, it has emerged.
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) general secretary Williams Banda said they agreed with Ministry of Health officials to administer the vaccine at Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers match at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre as well as the game between Civil Service United and Blue Eagles at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
He said: “The response is encouraging. It shows that more people can get the jab at football matches.”
During the weekend matches, fans were asked to bring proof of Covid-19 vaccination to be allowed into the matches.
Those not vaccinated had a chance to get the jab at mobile vaccination booths which Ministry of Health set up at the match venues.
However, some fans want Sulom to request the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 to allow those with negative Covid-19 test results as well.
“Sulom should allow us to watch the matches as long as we prove that we are negative,” said a Zomba-based football fan Christopher Chiwengo Phiri on Facebook.
The Presidential Task Force last week eased Covid-19 restrictions at football matches, giving Sulom the green light to allow fans into matches as long as they are vaccinated.
The campaign continues tomorrow as Mighty Wanderers take on Ekwendeni Hammers at Kamuzu Stadium while TN Stars and Red Lions clash at Kasungu Stadium.
On Saturday, Kamuzu Barracks and Nyasa Big Bullets clash at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe while Moyale Barracks will host Silver Strikers at Mzuzu Stadium.
On Sunday, Mafco FC will play Ekwendeni Hummers at Civo Stadium while Wanderers will host Blue Eagles at Kamuzu Stadium.
Chitipa United and Red Lions will clash at Karonga Stadium on Sunday.