Pop Quiz: Immunization Barriers 

Adam Chothia, Ayaa Mohammed and Remere Warner were interested on how the public health campaign to ensure school age children have received immunizations influences precarious status migrants.  Oftentimes families will receive letters from the child's school telling them they need to provide proof of immunization.  Given their legal status, receiving a formal letter can make precarious status migrants uncomfortable, particularly if the outcome can be not being able to return to school.  Families visit the Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care to update or receive immunizations.  Interestingly, children are often depicted as "deserving" of health care, sometimes making it easier to access care regardless of their status.  Finally, the research team also found that the Scarborough residents whom they interviewed had very little knowledge of the fact that there were uninsured migrants living in their community.  

Sources Used

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City of Toronto. (2016). School-Aged Children. Toronto, ON.

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