Medical Reports and the Zoster Vaccine Shortage


On July 24, 2008, the USCIS posted changes to the vaccination requirements to adjust status to that of a Legal Permanent Resident for Form I-693. The new vaccination requirements require the following age-appropriate additional vaccinations to adjust status: Rotavirus, Hepatitis A, Meningococcal, Human papillomavirus, and the Zoster vaccine.  These new vaccine requirements went into effect on July 1, 2008.  The new vaccinations must be administered for USCIS to approve the applicant for adjustment of status.


As of August 12, 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) informed USCIS that the Zoster vaccine is currently unavailable due to shipping delays with the manufacturer. The new Zoster vaccine is required to be administered to applicants age 60 and older.  Until further notice from the CDC, Form I-693 may be accepted by USCIS if it is only missing the Zoster vaccine.