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Do you need to be a U.S. citizen to get the COVID vaccine?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH explains that the COVID vaccines are free to everyone, regardless of immigration or insurance status.

You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to receive a COVID vaccine. And so, if you’re worried about your documentation status, it’s important that you understand that you don’t need to have any documentation of your immigration status to receive a vaccine and neither does your child.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

Stay up to date with your COVID vaccine, including boosters!

COVID vaccines are safe and effective for everyone ages 6 months and older.

Immunity wanes over time. Keep up your protection against COVID by getting boosted when eligible.

Updated (bivalent) boosters are now available for adults and children 6 months and older.