CIANA Hosts COVID Vaccine Workshop for Immigrants

On July 21, CIANA, in conjunction with NYC Health + Hospitals, Make the Road New York, and a number of community partners, hosted a free, virtual Vaccine Workshop, assuring hesitant community members that COVID vaccines are safe, effective, and confidential.

CIANA put together the workshop in order to dispel fears and rumors surrounding COVID vaccines, side effects, and confidentiality, which are common concerns among immigrants, that have prevented NYC from achieving a full recovery from the pandemic.

Participants heard Dr. Peter Tesler from Health + Hospitals give an overview on the science of the vaccine, and explain how the vaccine protects the body against COVID-19 while not posing any severe health risks of its own. Dr. Tesler also addressed how getting vaccinated now can help curb the current spike in the Delta variant and can prevent health complications.

Perla Silva from Make the Road NY, a statewide immigrants’ rights advocacy organization, assured attendees at the workshop that ICE cannot show up to vaccine sites, and that getting the vaccine will not reveal immigrants’ private information to border patrol or law enforcement. Both are common concerns particularly among undocumented immigrants.

Commonpoint Queens, Child Center of NY, and Public Health Solutions also partnered with us for Wednesday’s workshop, allowing us to spread the word about the vaccine to as wide a range of New Yorkers as possible, and bring our city closer to a full recovery. We’re grateful to all those who helped make Wednesday’s workshop a success.

We’re pleased to provide a video recording below of the Vaccine Workshop for those unable to attend live. We hope that our workshop will inspire those still reluctant to get the vaccine to join millions of their fellow New Yorkers in protecting themselves, their families, and communities from COVID-19 and bringing the pandemic to a final end.