Vaccinations for Immigrations and Refugees

Immigrant and refugee community vaccine hesitancy can exist due to misinformation, mistrust and fear. If you any concerns please read through the following links below for assistance.

Following is some information for community trust-building:

  • “Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Immigrant Communities” video recording from Welcoming America’s Webinar on Feb. 17, 2021.
  • The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants or NRC-RIM has the following resources available:
    • NRC-RIM released the second video in their Reflections series, which highlights the ways that COVID-19 has affected the lives of refugees, immigrants and migrants.
    • Short videos in multiple languages from health care providers explaining
      why they got their COVID-19 vaccine are now available for organizations to distribute.
    • NRC-RIM’s Vaccine Central has new fact sheets in more than 20 languages and a growing number of promising practices related to vaccine access and community partnerships.
  • On Friday, Feb. 19, DSHS hosted a public forum for the Refugee Advisory Council
    for Washington State to discuss vaccination protocols and tools to help people get vaccinated. The information shared and recording of the forum can be found on the DSHS ORIA website.
  • Immigrant Access to COVID-19 Vaccines: Key Issues to Consider from Kaiser
    Family Foundation, Jan. 19, 2021.
  • CDC hosted a National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine and provided links to forum toolkits and video resources. 
  • The most current information on vaccine allocation and prioritization for Washington state is found here.
  • To find out your phase and find vaccination sites, visit