New WHO Global Evidence Review on Health and Migration underscores how the implementation of inclusive immunization plans is critical for Member States to achieve universal health coverage

According to a recent World Health Organization report, access to vaccines varies significantly depending on the legal status, age, and environment in which these populations live. This is because different countries and regions around the world have implemented different policies on including refugees and migrants in national vaccination plans. When more inclusive policies do exist, there are frequently implementation gaps, according to the research, and the majority of nations do not identify a clear policy on the entitlement to immunisation for refugees and migrants.

One of the most economical public health treatments in the world, vaccination is a must to attain universal health coverage. Nevertheless, inadequate vaccination is still a problem among migrant and refugee groups, since travel and displacement may have a negative impact on people’s capacity and desire to be immunised.

A future where “everyone, everywhere, at every age, fully benefits from vaccinations for good health and well-being” is clearly outlined in the WHO’s new Immunization Agenda 2030. Equitable immunisation of migrants and refugees is a priority for WHO since it is essential that everyone have access to this global health protection measure.

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