Vaccination is an armor that protects us against that particular disease. Vaccines train and prepare the body’s natural defenses, the immune system to fight against particular bacteria, viruses, or diseases. The country is combatting the deadly virus and vaccination is the most necessary step we must take, as it is helping us control the spread of Covid-19 infection.
The World Health Organisation says that the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities in certain populations, which may include refugees and migrants. Refugee and migrant populations in many countries and regions are known to have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. These populations may face a range of individual, social, practical, or logistical barriers to uptake of Covid-19 vaccines that contribute to shaping their vaccination behaviours. One such legal and administrative barrier to immunisation services includes real, restricted, or perceived lack of entitlement to free Covid-19 vaccines or health care in general, and lack of safe and trusted access points.
WHO Tweeted About Systematic Information On Covid-19 Vaccines For Refugees And Migrants:
Refugees and migrants need to receive accurate, systematic information about #COVID19 vaccines from trusted sources to build confidence and increase uptake of:
- When and where to get the vaccine- this information must be provided to the population in order to ensure full vaccination on time.
- Benefits and safety- information regarding the benefits and safety of vaccination is crucial for all the migrants and refugees for them to know in-depth about the vaccine being administered and the precautions that must be kept in mind.
- Requirements for accessing vaccines- the documents and identity cards needed for accessing vaccines must be told beforehand to the population of refugees and migrants.
- Changes to policy and practice- good immunisation programs and policies are important for administering the vaccination. Change in vaccination practices can improve the vaccination rate.
WHO recommends that vaccine prioritization within countries should include refugees and migrants and calls for affordable, non-discriminatory access to vaccines for all populations. More convenient access points that better meet the needs of marginalized populations, refugees, and migrants with restricted access to health systems or facing barriers to access. Access to vaccines, primary care services, specific needs, effective equipment, and the right information must be provided to this population.
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Along with vaccination, proper care and attention must also be provided to all refugees and migrants. Be it refugees, migrants, or any other human being, the virus will not spare anyone.
Complete your vaccination, stay safe, wear your mask and practice social distancing in order to eliminate the virus completely.