Access to COVID-19 vaccines for refugees in Uganda

Publication date: 16 February 2022
Authors: Abbas Kigozi, Charlotte Greener

The only way out of the COVID-19 pandemic is for everyone, everywhere, to have equitable and swift access to vaccines. As Uganda is host to over 1.5 million refugees, it is critical for the country’s fight against COVID-19 to include refugees in its vaccine campaign.

For many countries, 2021 saw a shortage of vaccine doses, preventing most refugees and host communities alike from being vaccinated. In Uganda, 2022 has begun with the promise of increased vaccine supplies through COVAX. Therefore, it is important to consider how to effectively deliver these vaccines in a way that adequately and equitably reaches all populations.