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

Jaime Ursic
Charlea Charlea Massion
Charlotte Chaiklin
Anna Muraco
Clarissa Zafirov
Kate Byrne
June Liu
Diane Jacobs
Jodi Roque
Angeline Palmer
Pamela Avila
Tina Farley
Gloria Ruiz
Hector Aguilar
Enrique Morones
cheryl powers
Kenneth Lewis
Wendy Rankin
Jessica Pierce, MD
Patrick Trinh
Genoveva Aguilar
Ann Turner, MD
Betsy Zucker
Erinn Gallagher
Melanie Plaut
Barbara Bush
marianne mauldin
Brianna Olson
Rose Diaz
Susan Bisgyer
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  • Jaime Ursic
    signed via 2020-01-23 20:50:30 -0500
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  • Charlea Charlea Massion
    signed 2020-01-23 19:37:08 -0500
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  • Charlotte Chaiklin
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  • Anna Muraco
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    Anna Muraco
  • Clarissa Zafirov
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  • Kate Byrne
    signed 2020-01-20 14:32:43 -0500
    I was at Matamoras last week. It is an outrage.
  • June Liu
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  • Diane Jacobs
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  • Jodi Roque
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  • Angeline Palmer
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  • Pamela Avila
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  • Tina Farley
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  • Gloria Ruiz
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  • Hector Aguilar
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  • Enrique Morones
    signed 2020-01-16 18:47:28 -0500
    A society is judged on how we treat our children, love has no borders, enrique morones, san diego
  • cheryl powers
    signed 2020-01-16 18:45:25 -0500
    cheryl powers
  • Kenneth Lewis
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  • Wendy Rankin
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  • Jessica Pierce, MD
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  • Patrick Trinh
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  • Genoveva Aguilar
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  • Ann Turner, MD
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  • Betsy Zucker
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  • Erinn Gallagher
    signed 2020-01-13 22:57:47 -0500
    I am an Osteopathic Medical Student in Arizona and I am very supportive of this organization, it’s mission, and the people detained by these camps. Would love to learn more and help as I can.
  • Melanie Plaut
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  • Barbara Bush
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  • marianne mauldin
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  • Brianna Olson
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