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


PETITION STATEMENT:

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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Allison Kesler
Elizabeth Berdan
Aura Obando
Ilya Norman-Johnson
Kathleen Doyle
Mayra Lopez
Rachel Berman
Rebeca Plank
Katherine McKenzie
Kathryn Brigham
Aisha James
Emily Cleveland Manchanda
Kathryn Hibbert
Aaron Uhde
Elizabeth Pinsky
Nesli Basgoz
Amy Barczak
Jonathan Slutzman
Irina Gelman
Virginia Triant
Mirret El-Hagrassy
Brandon Bergman
Daniel Ross
Michelle Hennedy
Bob King
Natalie Nunes
Silvia Alonso
Georgene Thrift
Virginia Kristl
Dana Mangum
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  • Allison Kesler
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  • Virginia Kristl
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    Have 100 bed in local county jail (Strafford County, New Hampshire) holding detainees for weeks and months. Willing to organize if you offer support.
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