OIA Convening: COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out

As our city continues mitigation efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and considers an inclusive and equitable recovery, the available COVID-19 vaccines offer an opportunity to support immigrant and LEP communities in our city. OIA has been in communication with many of you to clarify the city’s vaccine roll out plan, outreach and engagement efforts, and language access throughout all plans. To improve and streamline communications, we have decided to hold an OIA Convening with all our stakeholders about the vaccine roll-out for immigrant and LEP communities. The convening will take place on Thursday, March 11th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Please mark your calendars and register today

Here are some of the available sources of information from the city about the vaccine roll out. For those not available in additional languages, please note that OIA is working with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) on these updates. 

  • The City’s COVID-19 vaccine information page includes the latest data, access to FAQs about the vaccine, and links to helpful documents with more information about the vaccine. 
  • Weekly blog post about citywide vaccine distribution updates includes information and a map about vaccination sites and gender/race data. This is currently available in English and Spanish and will be updated weekly with the latest updates. 
  • The city’s Vaccine Interest Form is now available in 5 languages when you click on the globe in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Residents can also call 3-1-1 to express their interest in getting the vaccine. This is helpful for people struggling with internet or email access and for those who would prefer to speak with a human being. Telephonic interpretation is available here upon request.
  • The COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program is currently accepting RFP applications from community based organizations interested in supporting the city’s vaccine roll out efforts. Immigrant-serving community based organizations are strongly encouraged to apply. 

We know that many of you - our trusted community partners - have raised questions about how immigrant and refugee communities can have access to the vaccine, what the City’s overall approach is to equity in their outreach plans, and how you can be involved. This is an opportunity to engage with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and other city officials ask additional questions and to make your suggestions known.

In accordance with public health guidelines, this OIA convening will be held virtually over Zoom. Please fill out the registration form today and submit your questions. The more input we have from you ahead of time, the more robust the discussion with the Health Department will be. Once you have registered, you can download the Zoom information and save it to your calendar. 

Thanks again for all your support. We hope to see you there!

Best, 

Amy Eusebio
Executive Director
Office of Immigrant Affairs