COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine

COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine

 COVID-19 testing for Undocumented Immigrants

Free testing is available, regardless of immigration status or whether people have insurance, is available at the following locations: All 11 NYC Health + Hospitals, and they operate multiple COVID-19 testing sites throughout the five boroughs. 

COVID-19 testing sites throughout the five boroughs.

NYS has clarified that when seeking care at these facilities, people will not be asked about immigration status. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will not consider testing, treatment, or preventative care as part of a determination for a public charge.

Read more on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Public Charge. 

COVID-19 Vaccines

The vaccine is free to everyone regardless of immigration status.  

New York State will not transmit any data that could be used to identify the immigration status of any individual. This includes, but is not limited to, name and address. Any data shared will be done so in accordance with New York's robust laws protecting immigration status, and include only aggregated demographic data and dates of vaccine administration and doses. The CDC also agreed that use and access to any data shared from New York will not be shared with any other agency or entity for purposes not related to public health.

As outlined in the data use and sharing agreement, the Department of Health and Human Services and CDC agree to maintain the confidentiality of identifiable or potentially identifiable data and will only use the data in “furtherance of the public health response to COVID-19.” An appendix to the data use agreement specifies that data may not be used for any civil or criminal prosecution or enforcement, including, but not limited to, immigration enforcement

Read the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC agreement here. 

Note: ICE has stated that they will not conduct enforcement operations at or near vaccine facilities as they have been designated as sensitive locations

Read DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites, here. 

To find a vaccination site, please click here.