Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have asked whether receiving a COVID-19 vaccine would be considered a federal or state assistance. If so, there is the question of how this would affect immigrants—would it appear as though they received public benefits?
The answer would be NO!
The U.S. government is encouraging everyone regardless of immigration status to get vaccinated. Although the vaccines are funded by the federal government, it has indicated that COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to everyone living in the U.S.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.”
The CDC further states that COVID-19 vaccination providers cannot charge anyone for the vaccine. Thus, immigrants should not worry about becoming a public charge or let this be an issue. All immigrants should receive the vaccine themselves and encourage others in their communities to do so.
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