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Zoster Vaccine Shortage

The Zoster vaccine, a new vaccine that, beginning July 01, 2008, is required for all applicants who are age 60 or older, is currently unavailable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has informed the USCIS that due to shipping delays by the manufacturer, the vaccines will be temporarily unavailable. The Zoster vaccination is listed on the revised edition of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. Until the vaccine is available again, the Form I-693 will be accepted if only the Zoster vaccine is missing from the form. This may be noted by civil surgeons by writing “vaccine not available” on the Form.
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