Does getting vaccinated for COVID count as a public charge?

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

Hector Flores, MD confirms that getting a COVID vaccine will not be used as a public charge against future citizenship or residency.

Getting a vaccination cannot be used as a public charge or any other limitation to someone’s ability to achieve permanent residency in the future or even citizenship.

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.

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