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DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites

DHS and its Federal government partners fully support equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution sites for undocumented immigrants. It is a moral and public health imperative to ensure that all individuals residing in the United States have access to the vaccine. DHS encourages all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local distribution guidelines.

DHS carries out its mission, including all areas within its COVID-19 response, without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, or other protected class, and in compliance with law and policy. Further, DHS supports the equitable and efficient distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to all populations, including historically underserved communities.

To reach underserved and rural communities, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in collaboration with federal partners, will coordinate efforts to establish and support fixed facilities, pop-up or temporary vaccination sites, and mobile vaccination clinics. 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. Consistent with ICE’s long-standing sensitive locations policy, ICE does not and will not carry out enforcement operations at or near health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors' offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances.

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

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DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites, Chinese-Simplified PDF 207.93 KB 02/08/2021
DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites, Chinese-Traditional PDF 154.79 KB 02/08/2021
DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites, Spanish PDF 119.39 KB 02/03/2021
DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites, Portuguese PDF 164.01 KB 02/08/2021
DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites, Tagalog PDF 145.14 KB 02/08/2021
DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites, Punjabi PDF 158.32 KB 02/08/2021
Last Updated: 11/12/2021
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