There are thousands of undocumented people in Ohio who may be wondering how or if they can register for a vaccination.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Starting Thursday, March 11, 2021, Ohioans 50 and older, people with type 2 diabetes, and people with end-stage kidney disease will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 DashboardMore than two million people in the state have started the vaccination process.
There is not necessarily hesitation in getting the vaccine from undocumented people in Columbus, but there are many questions.
Ramona Reyes, a member of the Columbus City Schools board of directors who also works with Our Lady of Guadalupe To help poor and vulnerable people, who are often undocumented, many people she works with said they are dealing with language barriers while she is signing up for the vaccine.
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“People have asked, ‘When can I register? ‘”I’m waiting for someone who speaks English [to help me],'” She said
Columbus Public Health said they had resources in Spanish, people just need to know where to look.
Their website has translated resources on misinformation about vaccines and translators are available for any Spanish-speaking caller on 614-645-1519.
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Dr. Mysheika Roberts would like to clarify the process for those who may have concerns about having to submit certain documents for registration or when they show up.
“When you register, we will ask you for demographic information, that is, your name, your date of birth, your address, your telephone number and your e-mail address, if available. Which phase do you qualify for? “, She said.
“We don’t ask about immigration status. We ask if you have health insurance, but we vaccinate people without health insurance. We do this all the time. ”
Columbus Public Health asks for people’s Social Security number, but there is no need to write one down. Regarding the documentation, when you show up for the recording, ask for ID.
“This is really just to check that the person who shows up is the same person who made the appointment,” said Dr. Roberts.
“This ID can be anything. It may be obvious that a driver’s license, passport, or work ID card can be used with your picture. If people don’t have it, there is no way they will be turned away. ”
Undocumented or not, Dr. Roberts said the city will work with everyone to get them vaccinated.
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– Columbus Health (@ColumbusHealth) March 11, 2021
Columbus Public Health is working with agencies across town to get the facts and they are holding vaccination clinics for Latinx and Somali Ohioans over the next several weeks.
The Somali Clinic will take place on March 23rd and 25th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Masjid Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center and the Somali Community Association of Ohio, respectively.
The clinic for Latinx people will be at 255 Georgesville Road from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on March 29th.
Vaccine stocks / appointment times are limited.
You have to register for an appointment.
They can find out where and how to get vaccinated on other occasions with providers in your area Here.