Information about the COVID-19 vaccine for asylum seekers in the United States

Many people in the United States can now receive a vaccine to protect themselves against COVID-19, or the coronavirus. The COVID-19 vaccine is free, effective, and available to people in the United States regardless of their immigration status! We know there are myths and incorrect information being shared about the vaccine. Below are a few facts and reliable resources.

Who can receive the vaccine? 

  • Each U.S. state has a different plan for who can be vaccinated on different dates and how to make an appointment. Enter your state on this website to learn more.
  • Immigrants with or without legal status in the United States can get the vaccine.

Why do people get vaccinated?

  • Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are very good at preventing people from getting COVID-19.
  • Getting a vaccine may also help keep you from getting very sick even if you do get COVID-19.
  • Getting a vaccine can also help you protect other people around you who could get very sick or die from COVID-19.
  • To read more about the COVID-19 vaccines, please go to this website.
  • To read more about COVID-19, visit this website. Information is available in multiple languages on this site.

Do I have to give proof of my immigration status to get the vaccine?

  • No. You are not required to show proof of immigration status to get the vaccine. You may be asked to give a social security number or show ID at your appointment, but you do not need to provide it. If you do have an ID, you should bring it with you.

Will getting a COVID-19 vaccine affect my immigration case? 

  • No. Getting the vaccine will not affect your U.S. immigration case.
  • Your information should be kept confidential. Vaccine providers cannot share your personal information with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • ICE has ​stated​ that they will not be present at or near vaccine facilities.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

  • Yes. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.
  • It is normal to have some side effects such as tiredness, headache, fever, and chills after being vaccinated. These are signs that your body is building protection and they should go away after a few days.
  • You can find more information here and here.

When does the vaccine start working?

  • People are considered protected from COVID-19 two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

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