This article by the Toronto Star highlights the concerns of undocumented workers in regards to vaccine access. Many undocumented workers are afraid that by getting vaccinated they could end up losing their job or being deported. Getting vaccinated would involve providing personal information to public health officials and many workers fear it may be shared with immigration authorities, resulting in detention or removal from Canada.
According to the Toronto Star, anyone booking a vaccine appointment in Ontario is currently required to present an OHIP card or some other form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s licence or passport.
“We need a clear plan, otherwise we’ll have a very large number of people who will not be vaccinated — especially in the GTA — and that’s a problem from a public health perspective,” said Denise Gastaldo, a Professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health who has researched undocumented workers in Ontario.
The North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) is the largest interdisciplinary conference in the world. Its primary purpose is to promote the health of refugee populations during the continuum of their flight, migration, and resettlement by assembling multidisciplinary experts in research, education, advocacy and clinical practice.
This year's conference will be held virtually from September 16-18, 2021.
Abstract submissions are now open. Submissions will be considered for workshops, oral or poster presentations.
Our blog ECHOES has published a new original contribution by Rupaleem Bhuyan (Associate Professor, University of Toronto) and Margarita Pintín-Pérez (Senior Coordinator, Initiative to End Gender-Based Violence, OCASI) on "Dismantling the Syndemic of Structural Violence Facing Migrant Women: COVID-19, Gender-Based Violence, and Systemic Racism."
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