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.

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 creating unknown risks around the world while vaccine inequity is threatening progress to defeat the virus. While rich nations roll out second and third doses of COVID-19 vacccines, people in the world’s poorest communities are at the back of the vaccine queue. In most countries where CARE works, only 14% of people have received one dose of the vaccine. High transmission and mutations will remain an issue so long as countries remain unable to vaccinate their populations. This leaves women and children, refugees, displaced families and hundreds of thousands of frontline healthcare workers critically vulnerable. 

This is why we urgently need your help. 

With your support, CARE’s experienced teams are supporting vaccine delivery in 34 countries, to help ensure that the most marginalised and vulnerable people have access to COVID-19 vaccines. This includes promoting vaccines and tackling hesitancy, organising vaccine delivery, training and investing in health workers, and improving access for people who need it most. So far, 126 million people have received vaccines in areas where CARE is contributing to vaccine efforts. A further 263 million people have had access to better information on vaccines through mass media and tailored vaccine messages.

With CARE’s support a vaccine boat was launched to reach people stranded by heavy floods in the small villages of Muzaffarpur district in Bihar, India

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

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

Your gift will help protect healthcare workers like Manju in India. Manju is one of many women on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare workers have the potential to save millions of lives. Manju 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.

How's it going?

In Bangladesh, CARE teams worked in the district with the second worst vaccine rate to make it the second best district in the country - with more than 1 million additional people vaccinated.

In India, CARE has set up (and helped the government to scale) mega vaccination centres, mobile vaccination vans, and even vaccine boats to provide vaccine access to people in hard-to-reach places. CARE India has also helped the government of Bihar to plan and monitor the vaccination campaigns, mobilise health workers, and bring in new staff when necessary.

In South Sudan, CARE is paying vaccinators and organising vaccination campaigns. As of September 2021, more than 28,000 people have been fully vaccinated, 71,414 have received a first dose, including 11,363 health workers.

In Guatemala, CARE has developed an animated video to promote the vaccine in five languages (Spanish and four Mayan languages). CARE also plans to produce a version of the video in sign language.

With your support, we’re helping to ensure fast and fair delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to the people who are too often left at the back of the line.

DONATE THE COST OF YOUR BOOSTER

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.

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. We’ve published policy briefs, research reports, and on the ground experiences of vaccines to help shift the global conversation about vaccines and influence national vaccine strategies.

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. CARE supports government health systems and multilateral partners to provide operational support, prepare for, and roll-out vaccine 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 are engaging with local communities to provide safe, accurate information, facilitate dialogue, and partner with local leaders and influencers to 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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