Nearly 8,000 Nicaraguans have received COVID-19 vaccines at two border crossings with neighbouring Honduras in recent days, according to Honduran health officials, as supplies of the inoculations in Nicaragua have run low.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez wrote on Twitter in support of the vaccines for Nicaraguans, “the solidarity and brotherhood of Hondurans crosses borders.” He went on to say that up to 500 doses were given out to Nicaraguans every day.
Honduran health authorities also pitched the cross-border assistance as a way to help beat back the risk of more infections at home.
“They don’t have access to vaccines in Nicaragua and that becomes a risk for us due to the significant movement of people along the border,” said Honduran regional health official Jose Maria Paguada.
Officials in Nicaragua did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The border vaccines doled out in Honduras’ southwestern Choluteca department utilize donated inoculations made by Moderna and Pfizer, and will go through Nov. 6 for first doses, with second doses to follow, Honduran officials said.
To date, Honduras has confirmed more than 370,000 coronavirus infections and nearly 10,200 deaths as a result of the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the virus.