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

Fred Campbell
Curren Warf MD FAAP
Nida Bajwa
Paul Glantz
Chisao Hata
Mya Poust
Melrose Juannah
Patricia Kane
Cynthia Cornelius
Judith Casarella
Danielle Loeb
Judith Marantz-Herzberg
Anne Trainor
Karen Erde
Jeremy Orgel
Sharon Lamb
David Newman
Elliot Edgar
Guadalupe Jimenez
Yuni Choi
Susan Nedza MD
Leigh Kimberg
Sara Davis
Lindsey Schmitz
Seon Kim
Pilar Flores Ramirez
Bobbie Brown
Rachael Cohen
Katharine Griffey
Emilie Wasserman
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  • Fred Campbell
    signed 2020-05-21 11:31:36 -0400
  • Curren Warf MD FAAP
    signed 2020-05-20 16:48:15 -0400
  • Nida Bajwa
    signed 2020-05-20 02:05:59 -0400
  • Paul Glantz
    signed 2020-05-19 16:31:19 -0400
  • Chisao Hata
    signed 2020-05-18 14:00:56 -0400
  • Mya Poust
    signed 2020-05-17 14:37:25 -0400
  • Melrose Juannah
    signed 2020-05-14 20:57:36 -0400
  • Patricia Kane
    signed 2020-05-14 12:26:33 -0400
  • Cynthia Cornelius
    signed 2020-05-13 21:50:44 -0400
  • Judith Casarella
    signed via 2020-05-09 10:07:07 -0400
  • Danielle Loeb
    signed 2020-05-07 13:22:52 -0400
  • Judith Marantz-Herzberg
    signed via 2020-05-04 21:03:51 -0400
  • Anne Trainor
    signed via 2020-05-04 17:41:12 -0400
  • Karen Erde
    signed via 2020-05-04 13:51:08 -0400
    please take me off text messages
  • Jeremy Orgel
    signed via 2020-05-04 13:37:03 -0400
  • Sharon Lamb
    signed via 2020-05-04 12:28:12 -0400
  • David Newman
    signed 2020-05-04 11:16:10 -0400
    Access to health care is a basic human right. Denying detainees health care makes the United States out of compliance with the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. That is shameful and must end.
  • Elliot Edgar
    signed 2020-04-30 11:45:20 -0400
  • Guadalupe Jimenez
    signed 2020-04-28 15:24:04 -0400
  • 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
  • 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