COVID Vaccines for Non-Citizens Living in Colorado
You should be eligible to get the COVID vaccine!
The United States is in the midst of distributing COVID-19 vaccines to its residents, with each state administering these vaccinations through its own multi-phased approach. Colorado is currently vaccinating residents who qualify under Phases 1A-1B.4. Please see the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s website to confirm whether you are currently eligible to be vaccinated.
Importantly, Colorado will begin to vaccinate the general public without restrictions on April 2, 2021.
The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) clearly states that every Colorado resident is entitled to the COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of their immigration status, as long as they fall within the eligibility requirements of Phases 1A-1B.4. Starting on April 2nd, all Colorado residents will be eligible to receive a vaccine without regard to immigration status.
According to CDPHE:
You do not need to be a U.S. citizen and you will not need to prove lawful presence to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado. You do not need a government-issued ID like a driver’s license or passport to get the vaccine. Some medical forms may have a field to enter your social security number, but you are not required to complete it.
State and local public health agencies will never share your information for any immigration or law enforcement purposes.
Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine will not count against you in any public charge determinations.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free. Providers should not ask you to pay for the vaccine or other administrative costs, regardless of your insurance status.
Please note that this guidance only applies to residents of Colorado who obtain their vaccines in Colorado. If you plan to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine in another state, please carefully review that state’s requirements first.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “encourages all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local distribution guidelines” and has confirmed that “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.” You can read DHS’s full statement here.
Please visit McGuire Law’s website for more information. You can also call our office at (720) 922-2988 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced immigration or family law attorneys.