Coronavirus and COVID-19 information
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Help and information for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic
A coronavirus spreading around the world is causing the illness COVID-19. The virus is very infectious, and the illness can be dangerous. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our health, jobs, schools, and everyday lives. We do not know what will happen next, but here are some updates about what is happening now:
There are now several highly effective vaccines for COVID-19 available in the USA. Each state is coordinating their own vaccination programs. In most places people at higher risk for infection will receive the vaccine first, including health care workers and the elderly. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and what is happening in your state at the CDC website.
You can also visit vietcovid.org to get information about the vaccine, where to find the vaccine in several states, and facts on the effects of the vaccine. The information is in English and Vietnamese.
On January 20, 2021, the Biden Administration signed several executive orders impacting the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. These include:
- Extend the nationwide stop on evictions and foreclosures until at least March 31, 2021.
- Extend the pause on student loan repayment and interest until September 30, 2021.
- Create a federal coronavirus response coordinator.
- Rejoin the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Start a 100 day mask challenge asking all Americans to wear masks in public places for the next one hundred days to help stop the spread of the virus.
In December 2020, Congress approved a second stimulus bill to help people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill included a payment of $600 to Americans with a social security number, including mixed status families. It also included additional funding for states, support for vaccination roll out, and a second round of funding for small businesses through the Payroll Protection Program.
These pages provide translated health information from trusted sources. You will also find important updates on immigration rules, money, and advice for parents. We are here to help. If you need more information, you can [email protected].
This information comes from trusted sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. USAHello does not give legal advice or medical advice, nor are any of our materials intended to be taken as legal or medical advice. Our health information has been reviewed by USAHello board member Tej Mishra, a US public health professional and epidemiologist.
Many immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the USA are facing even larger challenges than other Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. Their access to healthcare, financial relief and other supports is limited. We’ve put together some ideas for how you can help.