COVID-19  Haiti Project #46139

Haiti Relief Fund for COVID-19

by Care 2 Communities
Haiti Relief Fund for COVID-19
Haiti Relief Fund for COVID-19
Haiti Relief Fund for COVID-19
Haiti Relief Fund for COVID-19
Haiti Relief Fund for COVID-19
Haiti Relief Fund for COVID-19
Haiti Relief Fund for COVID-19
Haiti Relief Fund for COVID-19
Haiti Relief Fund for COVID-19
Haiti Relief Fund for COVID-19

Project Report | Nov 18, 2021
Giving COVID vaccines in Haiti

By Racha Yehia | Managing Director

Back in July, the Haitian government received 500,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine through the COVAX initiative. However, it has been quite difficult to convince the population to get vaccinated – curently, only 0.4% are fully vaccinated. The first shipment of Moderna vaccines expired on November 6th, but luckily the government was granted 100,000 new doses of Moderna that will expire on December 5th. This gives us the chance to have accessibility to a COVID-19 vaccine and improve vaccination rates in the country.

During the month of September, our community health workers received training from the Ministry of Health to administer the vaccine and promote the service in all our communities, encouraging all to be vaccinated. Last month, C2C was granted permission to start officially offering the COVID-19 vaccine in five of our seven clinics!

With political usability, insecurity, and kidnappings continuing to rise, and a persistent fuel shortage, many Haitians are not prioritizing getting vaccinated. Indeed, many feel that they have more important things to worry about than the virus. Furthermore, many say they feel healthy, therefore they don't see the need to get the vaccine. Since they do not feel it is an immediate threat to them, they don't feel that getting the vaccine is urgent.

However, recent statistics show that COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Haiti. This is why it is still as important now as it was last year to bring awareness to the population that the virus is still present in our day-to-day lives. One critical aspect that C2C has not stopped since the pandemic started is our COVID-19 campaign -- educating the communities we serve about the importance of getting vaccinated, continuing to wear masks in public settings, and following proper hygienic practices. During weekly educational sessions in the communities, our health workers continue listing the scientific facts about the vaccine, and showing educational videos where fellow Haitians have taken the vaccine. They also take the time to listen to the people's fears and concerns about the vaccine and answer all questions that they might have concerning taking the Moderna vaccine.

One thing we cannot understate is the hesitancy the population has towards the vaccine, no matter the social class, education level, or profession, we see strong resistance to taking the vaccine. We at C2C are doing our part in correcting these misconceptions related to the vaccine and the communities we serve. We are working hard to get the majority of our 100 staff vaccinated. We are happy to report that 56% and counting are vaccinated. Since receiving the vaccine in our clinics, last month we have vaccinated more than 130 patients.

We thank you for your continued support!

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Care 2 Communities

Location: Boston, MA - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @C_2_C
Project Leader:
Racha Yehia
Cap-Haitien , Haiti

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