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All Immigrants are Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States

On April 19, 2021, all adult persons in the United States are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, regardless of nationality or immigration status, including undocumented immigrants. The vaccines are free for all recipients, even those who do not have medical insurance. Each of the available vaccines for distribution in the United States have been proven to be safe and highly effective.

 The CDC and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have assured that personal data gathered from vaccine appointments will not be used for civil or criminal prosecution, including immigration enforcement. Indeed, the CDC guidelines prohibit vaccination workers from even inquiring about immigration status or turning away persons who cannot produce specific identification documents.

 Undocumented persons need not fear being placed into removal proceedings for receiving a vaccine. The Department of Homeland Security has encouraged equal access to the vaccine to undocumented persons and indicated that there will not be enforcement operations conducted at or near vaccination sites and clinics, consistent with the “sensitive locations” policy.

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