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San Diego County COVID-19 vaccine clinics now accepts more forms

Advocates say the county’s picture ID necessities have made vaccinating undocumented people more troublesome in communities with already low vaccination charges.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego County modified its public-facing COVID-19 vaccine coverage to say its vaccine clinics will settle for a broad vary of paperwork to confirm identification  after an inewsource investigation discovered well being employees turned away people who wished a vaccine however couldn’t present a photograph ID.  

In April, inewsource reported  {that a} north San Diego County Latino immigrant rights group, Universidad Popular, noticed members of the group denied vaccinations for not with the ability to present a photograph ID.  At the time, the county’s public-facing literature stated folks in search of vaccinations should present a photograph ID. 

Advocates feared that requirement would discourage folks residing within the U.S. with out permission from getting vaccinated. 

Officials instructed inewsource that the county’s coverage was to work with folks in search of vaccines and not using a picture ID to confirm their identification.  However, emails obtained by inewsource confirmed confusion amongst county well being employees about what kind of documentation was wanted to obtain a vaccine.  

The emails recommended employees had turned away people who didn’t present a photograph ID on the vaccine clinics.  

Asked by inewsource how many individuals have been turned away for not having a photograph ID, a county spokesperson couldn’t present an answer. Officials don’t observe these situations, he stated.  

The county maintains that its inside coverage has at all times been to simply accept a broad vary of ID, however not too long ago modified the coverage on its web site to replicate that.  

The website now reads that at vaccine clinics, adults “must provide a photo ID (other methods of identification verification accepted) AND proof of age (something that shows date of birth).”

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