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Do I have to pay to vaccinate my child for COVID?

Yvonne A. Maldonado, MD, FAAP

Answer

No, the vaccines are free for everyone who is eligible. That includes children 5 years and older and adults as well. Anybody can get vaccinated for free, regardless of their immigration status and regardless of whether you have insurance or not.

Everyone — including kids 5 years and up — can get the COVID-19 vaccine for free regardless of insurance or immigration status.

You do not have to bring in any special immigration documents to get the vaccine. Some people are afraid that if they get the COVID-19 vaccine, it could be used against them. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will not be used against you in your process to seek immigration or seek another immigration status.


Watch out for scams

Nobody should ever ask you to pay for a COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccination providers cannot:

  • Charge you for a vaccine.

  • Charge you directly for any administration fees, copays or coinsurance.

  • Deny vaccination to anyone who does not have health insurance coverage, is underinsured, or is out of network.

  • Charge an office visit or other fee to you or your child (the recipient) if the only service provided is a COVID-19 vaccination.

It is okay for your child to receive other health care services—like a well visit and other vaccinations, for example—at the same time that will be billed as appropriate. You should not be required to receive additional services to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

What if my child already recovered from COVID-19?

The virus has changed and now the highly contagious delta variant is spreading. The vaccines can protect your child from this and other variants. There is no way to know if a person has developed the ability to avoid getting infected again.

Remember

Many pediatricians are providing the vaccine to children. We welcome families to come to us with your questions and we are happy to go over any concerns you have. That's something that we do as pediatricians. We answer a lot of important questions for families about COVID-19 or anything. Because we know that COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective public health intervention to keep all children and adults safe and healthy.

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Yvonne A. Maldonado, MD, FAAP

​Yvonne A. Maldonado, MD, FAAP, is Professor and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California. She is also the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity at the Stanford School of Medicine. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic she has over 10 clinical, epidemiology and laboratory-based studies in this area and is involved in epidemiologic modeling at the university, state and national level. She is the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases. Dr. Maldonado has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and is co-editor of the textbooks "Remington and Klein Infectious Diseases of the Fetus and Newborn Infant" and "Report of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book)."

Last Updated
11/19/2021
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