February 09, 21 - 10:10 am - LABS

A requirement of Mexico’s vaccination program may leave migrants and indigenous people out

The requirement for an identification number to be covered by the vaccination program against COVID-19 in Mexico has increased the fear of migrants and indigenous people who do not have this identification. Human rights groups have alerted the country’s authorities to the risk of thousands of people losing the vaccine for this reason, Reuters reported.

According to the report, last week those over 60 were invited to sign up in the vaccination programa using their CURP, a unique identification number. However, estimates indicate that more than a million Mexicans do not have a birth certificate, not to mention the thousands of undocumented migrants.

Erika Guevara-Rosas, director of Amnesty International for the Americas, called on regional governments to ensure that their vaccine programs coverage people’s need without exceptions.