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Immigration Advocates Recommend Expanding Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine

undocumented Miami immigrants

As the pandemic continues, many undocumented Miami immigrants have not been able to access vaccines that could protect them against COVID-19 because of the policies put in place by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The governor’s office has established strict residency requirements for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. This has prevented many seasonal farmworkers, migrant workers and undocumented immigrants from receiving the vaccine that could protect them, their families and other members of the public from the coronavirus and its sometimes deadly effects.

Protecting Public Health by Vaccinating the Most Vulnerable

Many immigrants in Miami and in the state of Florida have been classed as essential workers. Others must continue to work directly with the public as part of their efforts to support themselves and their families. These individuals, however, may be turned away from vaccine sites in the state of Florida because they cannot present any of the approved forms of identification, which include the following:

  • A valid driver’s license from the state of Florida
  • U.S. photo ID that shows an address in Florida
  • Utility bills or rental agreements with a Florida address
  • Mail from banks, lenders or government agencies with the name of the individual and a Florida address

Many migrant workers and other undocumented Miami immigrants may be living with family members and may not have any of the documents listed. By preventing them from obtaining the vaccine, the state of Florida could be setting the stage for serious health issues for these individuals and for the public they serve.

Your Miami Immigration Lawyer Can Help

Retaining the services of a qualified and knowledgeable attorney can provide you with added help in managing visa issues and ensuring your ability to remain in the United States. Choosing a qualified and knowledgeable Miami immigration lawyer is often the best way to address these problems in the most effective way possible.

The friendly and knowledgeable attorneys at Pozo Goldstein can provide practical legal support for undocumented Miami immigrants in correcting their status and in managing their citizenship applications and other matters that can have an impact on quality of life and the ability to remain in the United States. By choosing a Miami immigration lawyer from the offices of Pozo Goldstein, you can access the benefits of our unique experience and expertise. Our team includes two former immigration prosecutors and a former judge, which allows us to provide you with the best solutions for all your immigration needs. Give us a call today at 305-856-0400 to schedule a consultation with our team. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

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