In the symbolic universe of the Amazonian indigenous people, words have life, they can be forgers of life, bring good and development; or they can be false and bearers of disease, crisis, and conflicts. Hence, the concertation must be undertaken without haste and with total rigor so that agreements can be reached on the fundamentals, and the common goal of saving lives can be achieved.
By the end of July, an agreement had been reached in La Chorrera, Tarapacá and Puerto Arica, and in less than three weeks the vaccinators, together with the voice of the wise women and midwives in favor of immunization, reached the farthest corners of the rainforest where they have applied 33 percent of the available doses.
Once again in Leticia, several squads of vaccinators from the Ministry of Health leave in boats for different destinations in the Amazon, in brigades that will last 22 days. They are accompanied by an indigenous translator who will oversee explaining what the disease is, what the vaccine is and why it is important to prevent COVID-19 in the indigenous peoples of the Amazon. With that knowledge, people will freely make informed decisions about vaccination.
One of those vaccinated is Gabino, the treasurer of the Indigenous Resguardo UITIBOC, who thanks to the mambe, and his power of understanding, was able to discern the 'sweet words' that come with the promotion of vaccination and that seek that no one is left behind during the pandemic, even in the Colombian Amazon.
Protecting the Health of Indigenous Peoples from COVID-19 in the Americas