Know Your Rights – COVID-19 Vaccine
You do NOT need to provide insurance or an ID to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccine providers may request insurance information and proof of identification, but they CANNOT require it. The vaccine is available to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.
What if I am undocumented?
“DHS (Department of Homeland Security) and its Federal government partners fully support equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution sites for undocumented immigrants. It is a moral and public health imperative to ensure that all individuals residing in the United States have access to the vaccine. DHS encourages all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local guidelines.”
● Your personal information will not be shared from public health agencies to immigration agencies.
● Immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at or near vaccine distribution locations.
● Some state and local registration forms ask for a Social Security number, however people may enter 0s instead of a Social Security number if they do not have or know the registrant’s number.
● If you are filling out an online form that doesn’t allow you to enter 0s instead of a Social Security number, you should try to book your vaccine appointment through a phone hotline instead.
● If you still do not feel comfortable booking an appointment at a government vaccination site, some states are partnering with local churches and community centers to provide vaccinations. Go to www.vaccinefinder.org for a list of some of the providers near you.
What if I’m asked for an ID?
Vaccine providers are allowed to ask for an ID – but they cannot require it. They may do this to confirm that you are the person who made an appointment and meet the eligibility requirements, such as being a resident of the state. They may also ask for an ID if you provided an insurance card in an effort to prevent fraud. If you do not have an ID, vaccine providers may NOT turn you away. You may bring other types of identification in order to confirm your identity, including:
- Passport from the country you were born in
- Consular card
- Utility bill which includes your name and address
- Some states have come out with guidance on alternative IDs, check your state health department website for the latest information.
To learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccine and Access
Get Vaccine Answers – Ad Council and COVID Collaborative
Guide: Addressing Legal Concerns Around Immigration -Related Vaccine Hesitancy – National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants 4 SEIU
The information on this page has been aggregated from the CDC and other trusted medical resources and is not medical advice, and was last updated April 29, 2022. It may be out of date, so please check the factual accuracy of each post before sharing. If you have additional questions we encourage you to speak to a medical provider and visit COVID.gov