Doctors Say: Allow vaccination of migrants in detention. Sign the Petition!

Dear fellow doctors, health care professionals, and health professions students: 

It’s flu season, and the federal government is refusing to vaccinate people in their detention centers. On November 5th, we wrote a letter requesting access to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) camp to provide free influenza vaccination. The letter was addressed to the secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services.

They have so far ignored the letter.

We would bring the qualified, licensed physicians. We would bring the doses of flu vaccine, at no cost to the government. All they need to do is allow us entry.

Join us in calling on the federal government to allow us to bring flu vaccines to the people held in a migrant detention camp.

Three children in CBP custody died from influenza last season. This is 9 times higher than the expected death rate for this disease. Despite this, CBP has repeatedly stated they will not provide vaccinations. This is just one, small example of the well-documented medical neglect in these camps. 

These detention camps should not exist in the first place. While they remain, let’s hold our government accountable for their medical neglect. Join us as we stand for the basic dignity and safety of the vulnerable people in these camps. 

-- Marie, Bonnie, and Danielle


We, the undersigned medical doctors, health professionals, and health professions students, call on Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and Alex Azar, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, to allow Doctors for Camp Closure to offer influenza vaccine at a migrant detention center, in accordance with current, evidence-based standards of preventive health care.

Who's signing

Yuni Choi
Susan Nedza MD
Leigh Kimberg
Sara Davis
Lindsey Schmitz
Curren Warf
Seon Kim
Pilar Flores Ramirez
Bobbie Brown
Rachael Cohen
Katharine Griffey
Emilie Wasserman
Randa Solick
Penelope Boling
jeanne spencer
Rachel Clausen
Rebel Reynolds- Molina
Laura Hanks
Michelle Simon
Stephanie Martinez
Forest Brown
Nicole Mark
Emeka Iloegbu
Crystal Query
Angela Treinen
Jamie Woods
Laurie Greenberg
Jennifer Lowing
Neal Adams
3,000 signatures

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  • Yuni Choi
    signed 2020-04-05 20:05:24 -0400
    Yuni Choi
  • Susan Nedza MD
    signed 2020-03-18 17:22:54 -0400
  • Leigh Kimberg
    signed 2020-03-13 17:48:15 -0400
    Life-saving flu vaccines are needed immediately. This year the risk of catastrophic outcomes will be even higher due to COVID19. The inhumane detention centers should be closed immediately. While they still exist life-saving public health measures should be enacted now.
  • Sara Davis
    signed 2020-03-13 03:11:18 -0400
  • Lindsey Schmitz
    signed 2020-03-11 12:23:32 -0400
  • Curren Warf
    signed 2020-03-10 20:24:27 -0400
  • Seon Kim
    signed 2020-03-02 21:27:27 -0500
    As a health professional working in Texas, it is unacceptable that we are denying these people basic necessities and allowing them to pass away from a preventable disease like influenza.
  • Pilar Flores Ramirez
    signed 2020-02-27 14:29:27 -0500
  • Bobbie Brown
    signed 2020-02-23 22:11:46 -0500
  • Rachael Cohen
    signed 2020-02-23 20:40:02 -0500
    Detention centers should not exist, but so long as they do CBP & ICE need to implement effective public health measures. There is absolutely no reason why flu vaccines cannot be administered to migrants in CBP custody — we are not experiencing a shortage this year and the vaccine is relatively inexpensive.

    Let us not forget that this is not the first time the U.S. government has failed to safeguard the health of incarcerated populations. During WWII, Japanese Americans were also detained on the premises of racism, xenophobia, and war hysteria. The U.S. government provided so few health services that physicians and students of health professions had to take it upon themselves to inoculate their communities against typhoid fever, pertussis, and smallpox. Have we not learned our lesson? This is NOT ok.
  • Katharine Griffey
    signed 2020-02-22 08:25:03 -0500
    Katharine Griffey
  • Emilie Wasserman
    signed 2020-02-19 07:57:27 -0500
  • Randa Solick
    signed 2020-02-12 14:37:33 -0500
    Randa Solick
  • Penelope Boling
    signed 2020-02-06 13:06:58 -0500
    Penelope Anton Boling
  • jeanne spencer
    signed 2020-02-06 07:58:29 -0500
  • Rachel Clausen
    signed 2020-02-04 15:46:31 -0500
    Disease eradication is a global issue and access to vaccines should be a human right. No child should die from a horrendous and TOTALLY preventable disease, no matter who their parents are or where they come. Children are not our enemies and they should not be pawns in the power struggles of ignorant hateful power mongers.
  • Rebel Reynolds- Molina
    signed 2020-02-04 08:38:07 -0500
  • Laura Hanks
    signed 2020-02-03 00:09:29 -0500
  • Michelle Simon
    signed 2020-02-01 16:20:16 -0500
  • Stephanie Martinez
    signed 2020-02-01 10:22:14 -0500
  • Forest Brown
    signed 2020-01-31 08:14:39 -0500
  • Nicole Lillian Mark
    @nicolemark_ tweeted link to this page. 2020-01-31 07:38:32 -0500
    I signed this petition calling on the federal government to simply allow #flu vaccines at a migrant detention center. Add your name, too! #D4CC #FluVaccineforMigrants
  • Nicole Mark
    signed 2020-01-31 07:37:49 -0500
  • Emeka Iloegbu
    signed 2020-01-30 17:35:15 -0500
  • Crystal Query
    signed 2020-01-30 14:03:34 -0500
  • Angela Treinen
    signed 2020-01-28 03:17:31 -0500
  • Jamie Woods
    signed 2020-01-27 21:07:01 -0500
    James Woods,

    I fully support the closing of “detention” camps. I am reminded about the internment camps for the Japanese and how fragile our freedoms are.
  • Laurie Greenberg
    signed 2020-01-24 13:49:54 -0500
    Althhough I am a retired FNP I am fully backing this petition. The lack of flu shots to this marginalized population is tantamount to allowing these migrants to become ill and possibly die. This is a stain on the USA and one more step by this anti-immigration President to inflict pain and suffering on an innocent population.

    Laurie Greenberg, RN, FNP
  • Jennifer Lowing
    signed 2020-01-24 11:25:01 -0500
  • Neal Adams
    signed 2020-01-24 10:23:01 -0500