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COVID-19 vaccine: UK praised for making coronavirus jab available to migrants

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Protestors hold placards during a pro-migrants protest outside the government's Home Office in London, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020
Protestors hold placards during a pro-migrants protest outside the government's Home Office in London, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020   -   Copyright  Credit: AP
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The UK government said on Monday that all migrants living in the UK would be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, whether or not they have the legal right to live and work in the country. It insists that getting the shot will not trigger immigration checks.

Jagan Chapagain, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, called the UK’s move a "very positive development."

"Migrants, irrespective of their legal status, should not be left behind," he told Euronews. "Until everybody is safe, nobody is safe."

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