COVID-19: No one is safe until all of us are safe

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A girl in Villanueva, Honduras, where CARE supports communities to respond to COVID-19

Vaccines are bringing hope in the fight against COVID-19 – but not for everyone.

No one is safe until all of us are safe – but access to vaccines is not equal.

People in the world’s poorest communities are already at the back of the vaccine queue. Women and children, refugees, displaced families and nearly 275,000 frontline healthcare workers are critically vulnerable.

That’s why CARE is drawing up plans to help ensure that most marginalised and vulnerable people have access to COVID-19 vaccines over the coming year.

For 75 years, CARE has led global humanitarian response efforts, including more than 20 years of leadership in immunisation and vaccination programmes. We now stand ready to use our resources and networks in the service and delivery of these new vaccines.

This is why we urgently need your help.

With your support, we can help to ensure fast and fair delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to hard-to-reach communities and to people who are often left at the back of the line.

Manju, a health worker in India
Manju, a health worker in India

People like Manju. She is a healthcare worker in India and is one of many women on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare workers like her have the potential to save millions of lives. She visits families every day to provide maternal and child health services in some of the most isolated and underserved communities. Frontline health workers like Manju are critically important to the fight against the pandemic and may be at high risk of infection themselves.

With your help, CARE aims to ensure that more than 275,000 healthcare providers and frontline workers are vaccinated.

Zokiya washing her hands, Bangladesh
Zokiya washing her hands at the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh

Your gift could help people like Zokiya in Bangladesh. 17-year-old Zokiya and her family live in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp. Zokiya has a disability and she says one of the hardest things for her about living in the camp is the lack of accessibility to services. Refugees, internally displaced people and migrants have limited access to healthcare and may not qualify for vaccination programmes intended for citizens of host countries.

Your help could ensure everyone has access to a life-saving vaccine, no matter where they live.

Marian at the counter of her shop in Sierra Leone
Marian at the counter of her shop in Sierra Leone

Your gift could help people like Marian in Sierra Leone. Marian runs a small kiosk selling basic food items and other essentials. She says: “Times are really hard these days. People are afraid of moving out of their villages for the fear of the virus. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a serious limitation to my business.”

With your help, we will support communities to make sure everyone receives information and advice about vaccines and how to stay safe.

The journey to a fair and equal vaccine

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Advocate

We believe that healthcare rights are human rights – regardless of who you are or where you live. And we stand alongside the world’s most marginalised communities. With your help, we can influence global policy and ensure the new vaccines are distributed fairly, and available to everyone.

Facilitate

For decades, CARE has led global healthcare programmes, delivering life-saving vaccines and childhood immunisations. Our teams on the ground are standing by to support every stage of the vaccine chain – starting with planning and tracking through to training and delivery.

Protect

CARE is a trusted partner in communities around the world, working alongside them to overcome social injustice. With your help, we’ll ensure at-risk groups like healthcare providers, frontline workers, caregivers and refugees have fair access to the vaccines.

Educate

It’s vital that everyone has access to life-saving information about COVID-19, so they can protect themselves and their families. Together we can engage local communities to promote good hygiene practises, combat stigma and build trust in life-saving vaccine programmes.

Please donate now and help ensure everyone gets fair access to vital vaccines and healthcare, wherever they live.

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