First modification: 07/13/2021 – 19:39
At least 91 countries have already started vaccinating refugees, displaced persons and asylum seekers. However, there is still a long way to go before everyone is included in the immunization process. Challenges include eliminating barriers such as language, misinformation, and paperwork that make it difficult for them to access vaccines.
Without documents, dozens of sub-Saharan migrants cannot access the vaccines that could be given to them in Tunisia. Presenting their identification is necessary for them to enter the registry where they would be included in the process.
It is a reality that they share with other refugees, displaced persons and asylum seekers who face different blockades that do not allow them to receive the doses, as a national might.
“The refugee does not know how to register for vaccination. There should be an awareness campaign on this issue ”, details Abdalahh Said, a Sudanese refugee.
Efforts in different countries to advance the vaccination process are positive, but in some cases administrative procedures hinder it. For this reason, UNHCR calls for a change so that everyone is included. According to Ann Burton, the agency’s chief of public health, “Some of the requirements that governments have established for vaccine registrations require national identity documents that refugees and stateless populations do not have. Our effort is focused on finding a system for countries to agree to use other documents ”, he assures.
Meanwhile, in Canada, the Covid-19 vaccine gives peace of mind to a group of seasonal farm workers. All arrived from abroad, they have already received the necessary doses.