My 52-year-old wife (non-US citizen with valid visa) is talking about flying to Los Angeles along with our 18-year-old (US citizen) so that BOTH can get the one-shot vaccination at Walmart's or similar. The delays in the delivery in our country are very bad, and their age-groups are slated until the end of the year for receiving the shot.

I can make an appointment for them at the appropriate agency, but I am worried that my wife will get turned away for being non-citizen...

BTW, we have insurance cards that cover international travel...

According to the Walmart's site...

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

  1. On the day of your appointment, please bring your insurance card if you have one.
  2. CDC does not require proof of age, occupation, or any other type of credentials; instead it relies on you to attest that you meet current eligibility.

Is it true that eligibility is based solely on "word"?

  • I'm next door in Nevada. There was a simple form my wife filled out with eligibility requirements (this was back in February). They did not appear to do any checking of it, although I think they had enough to verify one of them. The other they most certainly did not have the info to verify. I got a waste shot a few weeks before I was eligible, the only thing they cared about was 16+. (And the only requirement for getting the second shot was having gotten the first.) Neither of us presented anything that would show citizenship. Commented May 28, 2021 at 0:18
  • There must be several hundred thousand noncitizens living in California. It would be a serious detriment to public health to restrict vaccinations to citizens.
    – phoog
    Commented May 28, 2021 at 5:02
  • Citizenship and immigration status are definitely not considered for vaccinations. But residency might matter. At least earlier in the vaccination campaign, some states and counties restricted COVID-19 vaccines to residents of those states or counties. I can't find anything from California or LA county now that explicitly restricts it to residents.
    – user102008
    Commented May 29, 2021 at 7:54


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