COVID Vaccine and Immigration

Date: April 14, 2021


In Indiana, anyone age 16 and up is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

NOTE: There are currently three approved vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots, spaced 3-4 weeks apart. Johnson & Johnson is one shot. People aged 16-17 are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

Even after you are fully vaccinated, the CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask in public, practicing social distancing in public, avoiding large gatherings, and continuing to wash your hands frequently. Under current guidance, someone is considered “fully vaccinated” after at least 2 weeks have passed since their final dose of the vaccine.

How much will the vaccine cost?

The vaccine is FREE to you. If you have health insurance, provide that information. Your health insurance may be charged an administration fee for the vaccine. However, you will not pay for the vaccine. If you do not have health insurance, your vaccine will still be free.

Do I have to prove that I live in Indiana?

NO. Dr. Kristina Box, the Indiana State Health Commissioner, recently announced that patients will NOT be required to prove that they live in Indiana at the time of their vaccine or when registering for the vaccine.

Do I have to prove my immigration status?

NO. The vaccine is available regardless of your immigration status. You will NOT be asked questions about your immigration status at your vaccine appointment. Citizens, documented immigrants, and those without any status are all eligible.

Do I have to have an ID from the State of Indiana to receive the vaccine?

NO. You must bring a photo ID with you to your vaccine appointment, but it does NOT have to be issued by the State of Indiana. Passports, consular IDs, student IDs, and driver’s licenses will all work. The ID should have proof of your age.

How can I schedule a vaccine appointment?

You can visit to schedule your vaccine. You can also call 2-1-1. If more than one person in your household is eligible for the vaccine, you will each have to make separate appointments. If you receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you will schedule the second appointment at the time of your first dose.