Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.
Promotoras (community health workers) share why they are speaking out about the COVID vaccines. They answer common questions and explain how they can assist those who need help getting vaccinated.
As a community health worker, I’ve been always talking to families about, you know, the importance of following up with a doctor and staying on top of, you know, other vaccines. And this one is just one more that it has so much importance at this moment. So, I feel that whatever I can do to help people understand that it’s safe and it’s important to do it. I would like to be a part of it.
We want to give the best information that we can in order for them to then be able to make that informed decision, get over that fear, and then be able to go get their vaccine.
I will let them know that the vaccine is available to them, and also I will ask if they have any concern or they need my support.
When the vaccine started rolling out, we learned about like the different things that you can do to get an appointment.
You know, websites and signing up and setting passwords, and that is the one thing that I’ve been able to offer my help.
We follow through until the end of the appointment. We’ll try to call them back and say, “did you get everything that you needed that day?”
There’s been a few people that had asked me if there is a concern because they’re undocumented. If they show up and they’re gonna ask for documentation in order to get the vaccine. It’s important to make sure that people know that that’s not a concern that they’re never going to be asked for that.
I let them know right away that the vaccines are available to everyone, regardless of their immigrant status.
People also will ask us if it’s a cost. Somebody they heard somewhere that a they will get charged. We tell them no that get vaccine is free.
If you don’t have insurance, definitely you can come in and schedule an appointment because it’s available to you regardless on your medical insurance.
We all can get through this together and being able to have somebody, maybe walk through it with you is going to help support that anxiety and fear so that we can all get through this together.