| 2 December 2021, Thursday |

Communities in Lebanon lack safety, security

We were accompanied by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on a visit to Syrian communities in the Bekaa. We spoke with families who agreed to take the vaccine, as well as those who flatly refused. In the Bekaa Valley, more than 3,000 displaced Syrians were vaccinated by the end of September. The campaign is ongoing, and it will take time to persuade those who are against the vaccine and those who refuse to accept it. Volunteers accompanied us to a Syrian camp in Al Marj, where we entered displaced people’s tents. To ensure community immunity on all Lebanese lands, the vaccination must be taken by 70 to 80 percent of all residents, including Lebanese, Syrians, Palestinians, and non-nationals. Will we be able to achieve this protection in the near future?