The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tunisia is launching from Tuesday an awareness campaign to encourage refugees and asylum seekers in Tunisia to register on the “evax” vaccination platform, in co-operation with the Tunisian Council for Refugees, said Associate Protection Officer at UNHCR Sana Morjane.
The initiative will be implemented in coordination with the Health Ministry, she pointed out.
Speaking to TAP on Monday, Morjane said that the UNHCR in Tunisia does not have any statistics on the number of refugees and asylum seekers in Tunisia registered on “evax” platform or those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. However, preliminary data show their involvement is very low.
She underlined that the Tunisian State has taken fair measures for refugees and asylum seekers in Tunisia, whose number reached 8,350 people as of May 31, when it comes to registration on “evax” platform.
Morjane added that the Social Affairs Ministry offered exceptional grants during the period of full lockdown for the most vulnerable groups of refugees and asylum seekers in Tunisia.
Municipalities have also carried out disinfection operations in refugee centres in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19. It also distributed aid.
The official indicated that by simply showing a refugee or asylum seeker card, they can benefit from healthcare in public hospitals, knowing that the High Commissioner for refugees in Tunisia is committed to ensuring the reimbursement of health expenses for all refugees and for some asylum seekers who encounter poor conditions.
Source: TAP News Agency