Language-specific information sessions about Guelph’s vaccination plan at ISGW

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2020

Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington partners with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to deliver language-specific information sessions about Guelphs vaccination plan to area newcomers.

GUELPH, Ontario –

Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington is pleased to join forces with the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit to deliver a series of workshops over the next couple weeks that will assist newcomers in better understanding the vaccination process in Guelph. The workshops will be delivered in the top five languages and are intended to help newcomers better understand how the vaccinations were developed, what the vaccination is made of and most importantly, will guide newcomers on how to register for various vaccination clinics in the next couple weeks.

Sandra Cocco, Executive Director of Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington says this is an important initiative for the community. “Unfortunately, there are too many unreliable resources available on the Internet that don’t adequately educate our clients about the country’s vaccination plan” Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington is committed to educating newcomer clients on a variety of topics that make their transition to Canada a successful one. Learning more about their ability to maintain good health in their mother tongue is something that ISGW considers to be very important.

Cocco says “Newcomers have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 across the province and in our local community. “This is largely due to overcrowded and substandard dwellings”. It is difficult for newcomers to maintain a reasonable distance when many large, intergenerational families are living in one- or two-bedroom apartment complexes. Many newcomers are also employed in sectors such as healthcare, retail, and manufacturing whereby the spread of COVID-19 is more prevalent. Cocco says, “we have a responsibility to help our community with this important public health initiative. We are fortunate to live in a country where no one will be turned away if they want to be vaccinated. “We want to ensure that newcomers are well-informed before making that decision”. The workshops will be delivered in English as well as in Arabic, Tigrinya, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Nepali. A representative from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health will join ISGW to answer questions and to review the pre-registration process. For more information about the scheduled dates and time of these workshops, or to register to attend, please click here to view our flyer:

Language-specific information sheets based on the content of our COVID-19 Vaccination Information Sessions have been created for clients. To view the pdf, click on your preferred language below:
Arabic   |   Simplified Chinese    |    English   |   Hindi   |   Nepali   |   Spanish   |   Tigrinya   |   Vietnamese 

About Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington

Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington offers settlement services to help immigrants participate fully in Canadian life. Staff keeps up-to-date with the latest information relevant to immigrant settlement and their personal knowledge of issues facing new immigrants is an added value. Services are offered in a manner that is inclusive and respectful of the diversity within our communities.

Media contact:

Sandra Cocco
Executive Director
Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington

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