News ID: 318674
Published: 0323 GMT December 12, 2021

ICRC supporting Afghan migrants’ vaccination in Iran through IRCS

ICRC supporting Afghan migrants’ vaccination in Iran through IRCS

Up to 125,000 Afghan migrants and host community members in Iran will receive two doses, for a total of 250,000 doses, of COVID vaccines in the eastern provinces of the country.

This will be done as part of the partnership between the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), according to a press release sent by the ICRC to Iran Daily.

Iran has been one of the countries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with more than six million reported cases of infection and over 130,000 deaths.

The country hosts about 3.6 million displaced Afghan migrants. In the last months, Iran has managed to step up its vaccination campaign.

In order to maximize the safety of the whole community, it is crucial that migrants present in Iran – regardless of their legal immigration status – are also included in the national COVID-19 vaccination plan, a move the Iranian health sector has already initiated through inoculating all people in the country, including foreign nationals, indiscriminately and free of charge against the disease.

The country has also launched a nationwide campaign encouraging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The highest-ranking Iranian authorities have constantly and frequently stressed that all foreign nationals in the country are required to have equal and indiscriminate access to health and education services.

Johannes Bruwer, the head of the ICRC delegation in Iran, said, “Equitable access to the vaccine is vital in the efforts to resolve the COVID-19 pandemic. The involvement of the IRCS in this process is particularly pertinent, as a successful campaign requires community-level delivery and social mobilization to ensure community buy-in and acceptance. The Iranian health authorities and the IRCS are making massive strides on the national vaccination plan, and we are happy to be able to support this effort.”

Mansoureh Baqeri, the IRCS undersecretary general for international affairs and international humanitarian law, said, “This is a very welcome donation from our longstanding partner, the ICRC, on such an important humanitarian issue. The purchased vaccines as the result of this donation will be used to vaccinate 125,000 individuals, both migrants and members of host communities, in the four provinces of Khorasan Razavi (northeastern Iran), South Khorasan (eastern Iran), Sistan and Baluchistan (southeastern Iran) and Kerman (southeastern Iran).”





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