With the release of 2 FDA approved COVID vaccines in December 2020, both all people are encouraged to get the vaccination. This includes people who have not yet had the coronavirus and people who have already had a confirmed case of COVID. Some Trump administration officials have suggested that vaccine recipients should provide information including birth date, driver’s license or passport number to help monitor the vaccine rollout and track its success.
With over 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, many who work 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.
The Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo told Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar that his state would not acquiesce with a request to provide personal information in order to receive the vaccine, saying that requirement would "freeze out many immigrants."
Undocumented Immigrants In The American Economy
Many of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants work in food and service jobs, including jobs as cooks, food servers, health care providers, hotel and hospital housekeeping workers, elder caregivers, nannies, farmworkers and meatpackers. If millions of immigrants hesitate to give private information to qualify for the vaccine, the virus could linger longer, said health officials.
Immigration activists and lawmakers are working to secure COVID vaccine eligibility for the undocumented immigrant population.
Free COVID-19 tests continue to be provided in the City of Chicago and throughout Illinois "regardless of birth country or current citizenship status.”