Despite officials saying citizenship is not required for COVID-19 vaccine, migrants say otherwise

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The Texas Department of State Health Services has said that citizenship is not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, though some vaccine sites have been asking for a valid photo ID or asking for a social security number either on-site or during pre-registration.

Non-profit Organization La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) is making a list of places that require health insurance of Social Security numbers.

Advocates say fear for ID requirements is holding people from getting the vaccine, not only migrants but also homeless, trans, or formerly incarcerated people could be affected.

It would be impossible for the state and for the Country to reach immunization if these groups of people are unable to get the vaccine.

LUPE is asking people who are experiencing issues getting the COVID-19 vaccine to contact them at (956) 787-2233.

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