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Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am undocumented?
Yes. All individuals aged 16 and older who live, work, or study in New Jersey are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, regardless of immigration status.
If you are uninsured, you can still receive a vaccine. The vaccine is free – there is no cost to you. Learn more about insurance coverage for COVID-19 vaccines here. If you are insured, you are encouraged to bring your insurance information so that the site can get reimbursed at no cost to you.
Documentation is not required to be vaccinated. Vaccine sites may request documentation, but you are not required to have it to receive the vaccine and you cannot be denied access to the vaccine for not having ID. Sites will NOT ask for proof of immigration status.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not conduct enforcement operations at or near vaccine distribution sites or clinics.
Any data collected for the COVID-19 vaccination program may only be used for public health purposes – not for civil, criminal, nor immigration enforcement. Getting vaccinated has no impact on the Public Charge Rule. New Jersey will share limited information with the CDC – the State will not share your name or address.
You can expect to be asked demographic, occupational, and medical screening questions. Your name, address, date of birth, race, ethnicity, and gender will be securely stored in the New Jersey Immunization Information System. These are standard data elements that have been used across vaccines administered in New Jersey.
If you do not speak English, you can still receive a vaccine. All points of dispensing are asked to make translation or interpretation services available. Translated versions of the fact sheets are available for the Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen vaccines (click on the links).