Critical Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination of Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants

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Abstract

As COVID-19 vaccines are distributed across the United States, it is essential to address the pandemic's disproportionate impact on refugee, immigrant, and migrant (RIM) communities. Although the National Academies Press Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine provides recommendations for an equitable vaccine campaign, implementation remains. Practical considerations for vaccine rollout include identifying and overcoming barriers to vaccination among RIM communities. To identify barriers, information regarding vaccine beliefs and practices must be incorporated into the pandemic response. To overcome barriers, effective communication, convenience of care, and community engagement are essential. Taking these actions now can improve health among RIM communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)433-435
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume104
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 13 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene has waived the Open Access fee for this article due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Keywords

  • COVID-19/epidemiology
  • COVID-19 Vaccines/administration & dosage
  • Emigrants and Immigrants
  • Humans
  • Refugees
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Transients and Migrants
  • United States
  • Vaccination/standards

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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