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

Scott Cohen
Jennifer Smith, MD, MPH
Patricia LaFalce
Sarah Seresinghe
Virginia Feldman
Sean Broderick
Nellie Boling
Sarah Kahn
Kelly Hiselman
Rachel Samuelson
Maxine Fookson
Steve Grabowski
Agnes Franz
Lorena Russo
Barbara Burke
Pam Britton
Doug Gunn
valerie Lattanza
Elisa Breton
Virginia McFarland
Paula Deaton
Coco Raymond
Kellee Reed
Sunny Kung
Mara Kedem
Rachel Lipson
Reynaldo Rivera
Cathy Vanderploeg
Ida Woodard
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  • Scott Cohen
    signed 2020-01-07 19:57:24 -0500
  • Jennifer Smith, MD, MPH
    signed 2020-01-06 22:45:22 -0500
  • Patricia LaFalce
    signed 2020-01-06 15:40:22 -0500
  • Sarah Seresinghe
    signed 2020-01-06 13:31:43 -0500
    Sarah J Seresinghe
  • Virginia Feldman
    signed via 2020-01-06 11:16:28 -0500
    Virginia Feldman
  • Sean Broderick
    signed 2020-01-05 23:11:31 -0500
    As Scooby Doo would say, Scooby Doobie Do the right thing!
  • Nellie Boling
    signed 2020-01-05 21:07:42 -0500
  • Sarah Kahn
    signed 2020-01-05 19:33:37 -0500
  • Kelly Hiselman
    signed 2020-01-05 19:01:02 -0500
  • Rachel Samuelson
    signed 2020-01-05 15:08:29 -0500
  • Maxine Fookson
    signed 2020-01-04 01:14:57 -0500
  • Steve Grabowski
    signed 2020-01-03 14:44:32 -0500
    This Administration needs to be tried in the Hague.
  • Agnes Franz
    signed 2020-01-02 20:36:25 -0500
  • Lorena Russo
    signed 2020-01-02 20:15:25 -0500
  • Barbara Burke
    signed via 2020-01-02 16:17:56 -0500
  • Pam Britton
    signed 2020-01-02 11:53:08 -0500
  • Doug Gunn
    signed via 2020-01-02 08:17:53 -0500
  • valerie Lattanza
    signed 2020-01-01 19:25:46 -0500
  • Elisa Breton
    signed 2020-01-01 11:27:49 -0500
  • Virginia McFarland
    signed 2020-01-01 10:36:52 -0500
    Outrageous that we deny humans these vaccines—developed with our tax dollars for ALL the world, not just those with papers.
  • Paula Deaton
    signed 2020-01-01 01:37:02 -0500
  • Coco Raymond
    signed 2019-12-31 11:30:19 -0500
  • Kellee Reed
    signed 2019-12-31 09:55:58 -0500
  • Sunny Kung
    signed via 2019-12-30 22:43:55 -0500
  • Mara Kedem
    signed 2019-12-30 14:06:08 -0500
  • Rachel Lipson
    signed 2019-12-30 12:35:26 -0500
  • Reynaldo Rivera
    @uclanaldo tweeted link to this page. 2019-12-30 12:08:23 -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
  • Reynaldo Rivera
    signed 2019-12-30 12:07:48 -0500
  • Cathy Vanderploeg
    signed 2019-12-30 09:26:22 -0500
    I’m an RN who would volunteer to provide assistance
  • Ida Woodard
    signed 2019-12-30 07:58:01 -0500
    Ida Woodard