Colombian President Says Undocumented Venezuelans Won’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Colombia’s President Ivan Duque said on Monday night that undocumented Venezuelan migrants will be excluded from its mass vaccination program against the COVID-19. That amounts to nearly 55 percent of the 1.8 million Venezuelans that are currently living in Colombia.

Colombia’s President Ivan Duque said on Monday night that undocumented Venezuelan migrants will be excluded from its mass vaccination program against the COVID-19. That amounts to nearly 55 percent of the 1.8 million Venezuelans that are currently living in Colombia.

“Those who don’t have Colombian nationality and whose migration situation has not been regularized, of course they won’t” be vaccinated, the conservative leader said during an interview with Blu Radio. He pointed out that the measure was necessary to avoid “a call to stampede, where everyone crosses the border to be vaccinated.”

According to the United Nations, five million Venezuelans have left their country since 2015. They have fled Venezuela’s economic crisis that has resulted in the world’s highest inflation and seven years of recession. Colombia is home to the single largest contingent of Venezuelan migrants.

The Colombian government says it will begin a mass immunization program in February and has secured 40 million doses for its 50 million population. President Duque has said he will prioritize Colombians but added that documented Venezuelans would be subjected to the same criteria in deciding who receives the vaccine first.


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