A People’s Vaccine for Refugees: Ensuring Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Refugees and other Displaced People


As we continue to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that no one is excluded from vaccine coverage. This briefing note addresses some of the challenges faced by displaced people – including refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs, stateless people, and others in displacement contexts – in accessing COVID-19 vaccinations. It identifies a range of administrative and logistical barriers, the issue of lack of information and vaccine hesitancy, and gender-specific barriers to access for these populations. The briefing note provides recommendations to governments, UN agencies, and other actors to help address these challenges and ensure vaccine access for all displaced people.

BANNER PHOTO CAPTION: Bogota’s mayor health personnel vaccinates a Venezuelan migrant woman at an encampment where migrants are living during the coronavirus pandemic on June 12, 2020 in Bogota, Colombia. Photo Credit: Guillermo Legaria/Getty Images.