Recovery, Renewal, Resilience

Lessons for Resilience

Consider how the vaccine will be delivered to unregistered people
Crisis planning

While the vaccine programme may be in its early stage in many countries, thought is required on how to access people who are not on any social services list or registered in any location. This includes homeless people, illegal immigrants, stateless people and refugees who are not in the 'system'. Excluding such people from the programme risks the virus continuing to affect them, and then spreading into other parts of society. Consider:

  • Take a national perspective on how to involve people who are marginalised from mainstream public services in the vaccine programme
  • Establish who is responsible for vaccinating unregistered people
  • Decide whether all vaccination centres are open to vaccinating unregistered people
  • How partners that have strong community links can disseminate the vaccine message to unregistered people
  • Assess the consequences of unregistered people not being vaccinated
  • When the first vaccination of an unregistered person should take place and a target time frame in which to vaccinate all unregistered people
  • Identify challenges for the vaccination programme in vaccinating unregistered people
  • Recognise that un-registered people may be fearful or hesitant to come forward to receive the vaccine:
    • Consider a moratorium/amnesty on those who regard themselves to be illegally resident in the country to receive the vaccine
    • Work with partners and external organisations who have links to un-registered people to communicate that they can register to receive the vaccine without fear of immigration enforcement activities
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