It's ok to feel anxiety about the COVID-19 vaccine. Below is a set of clear responses to common vaccine concerns that we hope will help you make the best decision for yourself, or to help your friends, family, or community to make the best decision for themselves.

I’m worried about...


“How much will the vaccine cost? Do I need to get insurance to get it?”

  • Bottom line: It’s free, and you don’t need insurance!

  • They might ask you for your insurance, but if you don’t have it, you can still get a free vaccine. If you do have insurance, the vaccine won’t cost you anything.

  • Right now the most important thing is to keep everyone safe so that could be one reason that you don't need insurance to get the vaccine. If you are in college or in school, you can probably get the vaccine on campus! It should be totally free.

“I’m the only one who speaks English in my family - what’s a good 1-2 sentence way to explain the need for and benefit of the vaccine to my family?”

The vaccine helps keep everyone safe. Even if you are healthy, it protects others around you from getting infected too. It’s free, safe, and very effective!

“I want to get the vaccine but I can’t afford to take time off work.”

  • Many employers are supportive of employees getting vaccinated. See if you can talk to your manager or boss about getting vaccinated and any time off that you might need. Some places have cash incentives for getting vaccinated to cover your time off if you have to take it unpaid.

  • Many pharmacies also offer vaccinations late in the evening, you can try using vaccines.gov to find a location near you!

  • If you get COVID-19 you might have to take at least 5-10 days off work - more than the time off from getting the vaccine.

“Will my visa or migration/ immigration status be affected?" "What if I’m undocumented, can I still get the vaccine?"

  • Anyone can get a free vaccine regardless of their immigration status. You can get a vaccine even if you are not legally in the US. Your info will not be tracked. They are not supposed to ask for your status at vaccine clinics, and even if they do, just keep saying you want your vaccine. Learn more about your rights here in English, here in Spanish, and here in Haitian Creole.

  • The Department of Homeland Security promised that everyone will have equal access to COVID-19 vaccine sites. DHS said, “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will not conduct enforcement operations at or near vaccine distribution sites or clinics.”