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.

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Cathryn Savoca
Marty Krasnick
lyndee lofan
Cynthia Richards
Mary Faith Marshall
Laurel Morrison, MD
Heber Gutierrez
Siegfried Rotmensch
Tessa Brown
Kene Chuks
Rose Meinholz
Denise Demers
Heidi Zapata
Nancy Turkington
Kristin Otero
Carrie Evans
Benjamin Freeze
Bill Scheurer
Elsa Mendoza
rachel kordonskiy
Tatiana Marquez
Catherine Geller
Joumana Samaha
Chonn Ng
Susie Yeo
Samantha Nugent
Crystal Sierra
Samantha Greenberg
Jennifer Abbott
Peter Gould
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  • Cathryn Savoca
    signed 2019-12-13 17:26:11 -0500
  • Marty Krasnick
    signed 2019-12-13 16:55:33 -0500
  • lyndee lofan
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  • Cynthia Richards
    signed 2019-12-13 15:58:42 -0500
  • Mary Faith Marshall
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  • Laurel Morrison, MD
    signed 2019-12-13 15:32:58 -0500
  • Heber Gutierrez
    signed via 2019-12-13 14:56:54 -0500
  • Siegfried Rotmensch
    signed 2019-12-13 14:51:49 -0500
  • Tessa Brown
    signed 2019-12-13 14:49:43 -0500
    Tessa Brown, DVM Student
  • Kene Chuks
    signed 2019-12-13 14:31:40 -0500
    I Kenenna is signing this petition. To fight for the rights of all humans.
  • Rose Meinholz
    signed 2019-12-13 14:31:29 -0500
  • Denise Demers
    signed via 2019-12-13 13:20:13 -0500
  • Heidi Zapata
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  • Nancy Turkington
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  • Kristin Otero
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  • Carrie Evans
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  • Benjamin Freeze
    signed 2019-12-13 11:40:03 -0500
  • Bill Scheurer
    signed 2019-12-13 11:08:09 -0500
    While I do not agree with the underlying premises of your organization from a policy perspective, I do respect and support your willingness to give help in this way to people who need it. Can you tell us the stated rationale of DHS in denying you this access for humanitarian relief?
  • Elsa Mendoza
    signed 2019-12-13 10:40:45 -0500
  • rachel kordonskiy
    signed 2019-12-13 10:35:17 -0500
  • Tatiana Marquez
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  • Catherine Geller
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  • Joumana Samaha
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  • Chonn Ng
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  • Susie Yeo
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  • Samantha Nugent
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  • Crystal Sierra
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  • Samantha Greenberg
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  • Jennifer Abbott
    signed via 2019-12-13 08:26:27 -0500
  • Peter Gould
    signed 2019-12-13 07:52:02 -0500
    I’m appalled that this vulnerable group is not getting vaccinated.