Authors: Asif Saleh, Maria Khan and Richard A. Cash
An international coalition of organizations representing 80 countries set an aggressive goal of making 2 billion Covid-19 vaccinations available by the end of 2021. Populations prioritized to receive vaccination include high risk and vulnerable persons and frontline healthcare workers. The definition of “frontline healthcare worker”, however, remains ambiguous and is likely to overlook informal providers and CHWs working in low-income settings. Asif Saleh and colleagues discuss the pivotal role of CHWs in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and the global health implications of overlooking these essential workers in vaccine distribution planning. They outline four questions that an equitable vaccine distribution plan must explicitly address to ensure underserved communities and populations receive ongoing care.
Link: Beyond the Rhetoric of Equity: Will the Frontline Healthcare Workers Who Serve the Poor Be Prioritized for the COVID Vaccine?
Resource Topic: Infectious/communicable diseases
Resource Type: COVID-19