Gutierrez remembers, “Early on, there were some cases where pharmacists asked for IDs to register patients and search for insurance. This had a negative impact on our community because some people were rejected from getting the vaccine. But the state intervened to remind vaccine distributors that they cannot turn people away.” Authorities have worked to make sure everyone can get vaccinated with or without documentation, and pharmacies have changed their practices so they do not ask for IDs. The vaccination system also has security measures that protect your privacy. Vaccine information can only be used for general public health data. Immigration authorities cannot access vaccine information or go near vaccination or testing sites. Care in your language and community It can be difficult to find health information in Spanish and other indigenous languages of Latin America. So, Latine communities are organizing to help each other access the care they need. Organizations like Project HEALINGS, HACER, and local news programs are working to share COVID resources in Spanish. This is helpful to Spanish-speaking people living in Minnesota, including migrant workers who traveled here to help with worker shortages. COVID-19 has made the last two years scary and overwhelming. But you can take control of your health and protect your community by learning more about the vaccine. Doctors and nurses are ready to answer your questions and ease your worries. So, keep asking questions and talking with family members and friends about their vaccine experience. That will help you decide whether vaccines are right for you and your family. For more information, visit projecthealings.info.  Gutierrez, R., Hawkins, J., Higuera, J. P., Linscheid, N., Tuck, B., & Hernandez-Swanson, J. (2020). Impacto del COVID-19 en las empresas de propiedad de latinos en Minnesota. Hispanic Advocacy Community Empowerment through Research, University of Minnesota Extension.  COVID-19 Vaccine Data. (n.d.). COVID-19 Updates and Information – State of Minnesota. Retrieved April 28, 2022.  Gabilondo-Scholz, A. I. (2021, April 14). Racial inequities faced by MN Latino community during pandemic | Blue Cross MN. Blue Cross Blue Shield MN.  Weekly COVID-19 Report 4/28/2022. (2022). Minnesota Department of Health.  Shook, L. L., Atyeo, C. G., Yonker, L. M., Fasano, A., Gray, K. J., Alter, G., & Edlow, A. G. (2022). Durability of Anti-Spike Antibodies in Infants After Maternal COVID-19 Vaccination or Natural Infection. JAMA, 327(11), 1087–1089.  Halasa NB, Olson SM, Staat MA, et al. Effectiveness of Maternal Vaccination with mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine During Pregnancy Against COVID-19–Associated Hospitalization in Infants Aged <6 Months — 17 States, July 2021–January 2022. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2022;71:264–270.  Kimberlee, D. K. D.. (2022, March 31). COVID-19 vaccines reduce hospitalization, death in people with prior infection, study finds. News Center.
Many of Minnesota’s African immigrants and refugees moved to the United States to give their children better futures, but COVID-19 has put that opportunity at risk. Parents raising young children