Ensuring equitable access to vaccines for refugees and migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic

Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Volume 99, Number 1, January 2021, 1-76
https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/99/1/en/

 

Ensuring equitable access to vaccines for refugees and migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic
— Jozef Bartovic, Siddharta Sankar Datta, Santino Severoni & Veronika D’Anna
http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.20.267690
…To address these issues, national vaccination policies need to adopt innovative measures. Immunization doses missed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic containment measures should be offered as quickly as possible to refugees and migrants. Mobile vaccination clinics, combined health-care services (such as antenatal care and vaccination programmes) and mass vaccination campaigns should be considered to address existing immunity gaps. All efforts must consider delivery of immunization services in hard-to-reach settings and to hard-to-reach population groups…
…Effective measures to address barriers to immunization for refugees and migrants must include strengthening the capacity of health systems and primary health-care providers; setting up or expanding immunization information systems to monitor vaccination coverage; developing training and awareness of health-care providers; establishing health literacy education programmes; and ensuring national immunization programmes are resilient to humanitarian or health crises.3