By WBZ NewsRadio | April 15, 2021
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — As more people become eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine in Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey said she wants to remind the public and vaccine providers about what is not required to get the shot.
In a statement, Healey said ID cards, Social Security numbers, health insurance information, and other forms of identification are not required to get the vaccine. She added, people cannot be turned away because they don’t have them.
“Our most vulnerable populations, including immigrants, have been hard hit by COVID-19 infections, yet they often face the greatest barriers to accessing the vaccine,” Healey said.
The federal government does encourage vaccine providers to ask patients for an ID card and insurance information, but Healey reminds people that you cannot be denied the vaccine if you don’t provide them.
Healey said it’s important to inform the public of this, to reduce the barriers to access the vaccine. She added that denying a patient a vaccine because of this may violate Massachusetts’ anti-discrimination law.
In addition, Healey said vaccine records are confidential and the vaccine is free to everyone.
Healey’s office urges people who have concerns about discrimination to contact the office’s Civil Rights Division at 617-963-2917.
On Monday, April 19 all Massachusetts residents 16 and older become eligible for the vaccine.
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