Advancing Access to Immunizations for People on the Move in Times of COVID-19

Advancing Access to Immunizations for People on the Move in Times of COVID-19

Apr 27, 2021
03:00 pm to 04:30 pm
  • Online

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on people’s lives, livelihoods and well-being. It is exacerbating the situation, especially for people on the move, including migrants and those displaced by conflict or disaster, internally or across borders. People on the move play a crucial role on the frontlines of the response and recovery efforts to COVID-19.

The pandemic makes clear that human health is interconnected and highlights that access to health coverage, including vaccines, for people on the move is a human right and humanitarian imperative. The pandemic has also reinforced the notion that if not everyone has access to immunizations, we are all at risk of negative health outcomes.

Building on: the Political Declaration on Equitable Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccines, recently signed on by 181 Member States; the UN Secretary-General’s Policy Brief on People on the Move; the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration; the Global Compact on Refugees; the UN General Assembly’s Omnibus Resolution for a Comprehensive and Coordinated Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (A/74/L.92); the Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage; and the 2030 Agenda; we seek to catalyze this political momentum to encourage national immunization plans to include people on the move. 

With the unanimous passing of UN Security Council Resolution 2565, calling for increased global cooperation to improve access to vaccines in conflict-affected areas, we are hopeful and energized by the cooperative spirit of the global community to ensure that no one is left behind in the COVID-19 vaccine global roll-out.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) welcome you to join the high-level discussion to consider how to implement our shared global commitments and operationalize an inclusive, equitable vaccine roll-out.