Illinois Undocumented Immigrants and COVID Vaccines

Mario A. Godoy
Illinois Undocumented Immigrants and COVID Vaccines

Undocumented immigrants in Illinois are eligible for the COVID vaccine. The COVID vaccine is available throughout Illinois at pharmacies, grocery stores, employers and public facilities.  Covid-19 vaccines are available for free to everyone – including the uninsured and undocumented.

There is no state or federal social security or residency requirement to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine. To receive the vaccine, you will be asked to provide your name, address and contact information – but not your immigration status.

No Questions On Immigration Status To Get COVID Vaccine

The U.S. government encourages non-citizens to get the COVID vaccine and ICE has said immigration status will not be asked in order to schedule a vaccine appointment or to receive the COVID vaccination, and that immigration officials will stay away from vaccine sites. DHS (Department of Homeland Security) has encouraged all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and issued a statement saying,

“DHS is committed to ensuring that every individual who needs a vaccine can get one, regardless of their immigration status.” 

There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, and many of them are front-line workers in the food and service industries. If they do not get vaccinated due to fears of deportation, all Americans will be put at risk. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is advising that people who have already had COVID should get the vaccine because of the severe health risks associated with the virus and the possibility of reinfection.

Chicago Immigration Lawyer

Immigration law is complex and changes quickly. To ensure that your rights are protected a skilled immigration attorney can put their experience to work for you and review your circumstances to help you make the decisions to help you succeed. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact the experienced immigration lawyers at Godoy Law Office at 630-912-0322.  

 

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