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Refugees and migrants living in Belize can now receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

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Posted: Monday, April 26, 2021. 11:46 am CST.

By Zoila Palma: Today, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Ministry of Health and Wellness announced that asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants living in Belize can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Minister of Health and Wellness, Michel Chebat said that the Ministry is committed to offering persons living in Belize the COVID-19 vaccine, following the rollout plan.

“When it’s your turn, get vaccinated,” Chebat said.

The COVID-19 vaccination phases 1,2, and 3 are open for the following groups:

1A.  Healthcare workers, 1B. 60 years and older; 1C. persons with cancer, HIV, or requiring dialysis; 2A. teachers and police officers; 2B. the national assembly, judiciary, customs, and immigration, 2C. tourism sector; 3A. BDF, Coast Guard, Fire Service; 3B. Persons with co-morbidities that are 50 years and older; 3C. Red Cross and utility workers (telephone, cable, electricity, water companies, and banks).

The Ministry urges the public to register for the vaccine or visit the nearest vaccination site.

Those wishing to take the vaccine must take along an ID card. Identification cards issued by your country of birth or issued in Belize are accepted.

“To conquer the battle against COVID-19, everyone must have access to the vaccine, especially the most vulnerable. By allowing refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants the opportunity to get vaccinated, we are protecting ourselves, our families, and our communities from this deadly virus. I also want to thank the Ministry of Health and Wellness for a vaccination campaign that leaves no one behind,” said Yolanda Zapata, UNHCR’s Head of Office in Belize.

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