Undocumented migrants can be vaccinated against Covid-19: Georgia authorities

EFE.- State authorities and community organizations of Georgia, U.S, reiterated this Monday that it is not required to present proof of legal status in the country to receive the vaccine against Covid-19, before complaints of undocumented migrants over dose denial.

The spokeswoman for the Department of Public Health of Georgia, Nancy Nydam, said to EFE that “immigration status is not considered for vaccination.”

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He added that they contacted a store Walmart to make sure they “have accurate information”, after reporting a complaint from a person who was prevented get vaccinated for not having papers.

Latino accuses vaccine denial

In recent days the case of Latino Alejandro Arteaga emerged, who denounced that he had not been able to get an appointment to vaccinate his father in a store Walmart In the town of Chamblee, Atlanta, because he was not a legal resident.

Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) Executive Director Gigi Pedraza told EFE that they have received several reports similar to that of Arteaga and that, in most cases, are attributed to the “lack of training of the people attending the pharmacies.”

“Georgia does not ask for payment or Social Security number”

“The vaccine it is absolutely free and no one needs to have insurance or a Social Security number to obtain it. So, if a provider demands payment in any way or demands that the client have a Social Security number, they are violating the agreement with the state and must be reported, ”Pedraza said.

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In the case of Arteaga, which was initially reported by the local media Univision 34, the store Walmart indicated that they do not ask for proof of residency, so it was possibly an error by the employee.

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For this reason, the LCF executive director advised showing another type of identification, such as a passport, a driver’s license, even if it is from another state or country, or a student card.

In the past week, the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, and the director of the Department of Public Health, Kathleen ToomeyAmong other officials, they met with community leaders in the city of Gainesville to discuss efforts to include Hispanics in the vaccination campaign.

After the meeting, Toomey stressed the importance of all residents of Georgia get vaccinated against Covid-19regardless of whether they have Social Security or not.

The administration of the president of U.S, Joe Biden, has also insisted that it must be guaranteed that all people living in the country receive the vaccine, including “undocumented immigrants.”

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