Top 5 Best COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Migrants & Immigrants
The summer is in full swing and vaccination campaigns are struggling. The initial rush has slowed, and many communities find themselves with more vaccines than people who want them. Yet, simultaneously, many migrant and immigrant communities are reporting that people who want to get a COVID-19 vaccine still can’t get one. Why not? Some are fearful about the possibility of exposing their immigration status; others are concerned that it may cost money. Others struggle to make an appointment with poor internet access and low English-language literacy levels. Still others are hesitant because of misinformation they have heard. Many of these issues can begin to be addressed with clear, low-literacy, culturally relevant materials. Here are Migrant Clinicians Network’s top five COVID-19 vaccine resources to support migrant and immigrant communities in their vaccination efforts this summer.
#YoMeLaPuse: These posters in Spanish encourage the community to get vaccinated by featuring images of people showing off their vaccine band-aid. Best of all, you can customize your poster by pasting in a photo of your own community’s movers and shakers, encouraging the community to get vaccinated as well.
2) Vaccination is...
Vaccination is...: This campaign features a massive suite of materials including colorful posters, social media materials, downloadable graphics, comics on why to get the vaccine, and much more – all available in Spanish and Haitian Creole.
3) Vaccine Central
Vaccine Central: This well-organized webpage from the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) has numerous resources for clinicians serving migrants and immigrants, including checklists, toolkits, and guides. It also details numerous promising practices like mobile vaccine units and pop-up vaccination sites. Many of MCN’s resources, produced in partnership with NRC-RIM, are featured on the page.
4) What to Expect When Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine
What to Expect When Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine: This customizable flyer, in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole, helps the community better understand some of the basics, including that the vaccine is free for everyone and no ID is required. There’s a great video included to help you understand how to customize the poster for your own state.
5) FAQ: The COVID-19 Vaccine and Migrant, Immigrant, and Food & Farm Worker Patients
FAQ: The COVID-19 Vaccine and Migrant, Immigrant, and Food & Farm Worker Patients: Clinicians have questions, and we have answers. Check our FAQ for questions on the Johnson & Johnson for migrant women, on patients partially vaccinated with a non-FDA approved vaccine, and more, specific to migrants and immigrants.
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