Tue, 22 Jun 2021

WASHINGTON D.C.: Overseas Americans are urging U.S. officials to make Covid vaccinations available to them at U.S. embassies.

As the pace of being vaccinated remains slow in many countries, some of the 8 million Americans living abroad are appealing for help from Washington.

"Vaccines could be provided to U.S. citizens through U.S. embassies and consulates..as many are now re-opening for U.S. citizen services," said Marylouise Serrato, executive director of American Citizens Abroad.

Last month, the group sent a letter to the U.S. Congress and the State Department saying Americans living overseas should have the same ability to be vaccinated as U.S. residents.

However, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the U.S. government is not now prepared to provide vaccines.

"We have not historically provided private healthcare for Americans living overseas, so that remains our policy," Psaki told reporters. "But I don't have anything to predict, in terms of what may be ahead."

While many Americans overseas are returning to the United States to be vaccinated, others await inoculations in the country they are residing in. Many, however, note that they are unable to travel during the lockdowns and do not expect vaccines to become available in the country they are living in.

The U.S. State Department has shipped Covid vaccinations to 220 embassies and consulates worldwide to vaccinate its diplomats and employees.

"We are tax-paying, voting U.S. citizens and we were promised that we would be eligible to be vaccinated by our government, and here we are being just forgotten," said business owner Peter Fischbach, who has lived in Thailand for 30 years.

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