EFEBy Tatiana Nevo Atalaia do Norte, Brazil

Pixi Isma, Kunnin and 35 other members of the Matis indigenous community embarked on a 12-day river journey from their villages in a remote part of the Brazilian Amazon to Atalaia do Norte, the nearest town, to vaccinate themselves against Covid-19.

Riding in covered boats to shield themselves from the driving rain, they were forced to make the long journey on the Javari River, an Amazon tributary, since an immunization drive will not reach their remote hamlets located near Brazil's borders with Colombia and Peru.

"When the vaccines first appeared, we were scared. Then we saw that other indigenous people from other regions got the vaccine and we summoned the courage," Pixi Isma told Efe.