Usually ordered at vaccination points across the country
Boston -The production line started from the outside, on a street usually crowded with people waiting to enter the university bar, and then walked up the stairs of an old fire station to the Brazilian Workers Center, where the vaccine was injected. A cold spring morning in New England.
Finally, it was Maria Sousa’s turn. When she waited for more than an hour with her husband and daughter, a volunteer from the center greeted them in Portuguese and took them to the registration desk. They showed their ID: Brazilian passport.
The only option they considered was to vaccinate here.
After being required to provide a driver’s license, social security number or health insurance card, immigrants have been turned away from pharmacies and other places; the state or federal government does not require specific documents, but vaccination sites across the country often require specific documents file. Usually, applications are made in English, which is a language that many vaccine applicants do not fully understand.
Some state agencies and companies that provide vaccines are aware of this problem and promise to solve it.
Sousa’s family did not want to take risks.
Here, if someone makes a request for more information, they will step in. When the woman behind the desk entered Sousa’s name, an image appeared on her screen. Because the 43-year-old man was wearing a mask, the woman asked for an address to determine whether the person was the same person. When the address does not match the address of the system, he presses to get more information.
The executive director of the center saw how volunteers managed to help Sousa intervene. The registrar must accept any proof of identity provided and use the center’s address when necessary.
Before the coronavirus produces more viral mutations, the life-and-death race to vaccinate as many people as possible, like the one in Brazil, has been slow to start but has accelerated the ability of many people who try to vaccinate. Labyrinth system. As the country approaches the point where supply is in short supply, unvaccinated people will become increasingly reluctant or avoided by obstacles that hinder their way forward.