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

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
Shelby Warren
Connie Burton
Randall Burson
Andrew Lyman-Buttler
Lona Caires
Trieneke Kylstra
Michele Hines
Daniel Weisel
Jennifer Ramos
Brenda Wu
Missy Brown
Christine Kwong
Sonya Steven
Lynn Medoff
Francesca Uberoi
Samantha Haley
Benjamin Lang MD, MPH
Norma Santacruz
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  • Irina Gelman
    signed 2019-12-18 23:27:52 -0500
  • Virginia Triant
    signed via 2019-12-18 23:15:06 -0500
  • Mirret El-Hagrassy
    signed via 2019-12-18 23:09:54 -0500
  • Brandon Bergman
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  • Daniel Ross
    signed 2019-12-18 22:43:58 -0500
  • Michelle Hennedy
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  • Bob King
    signed 2019-12-18 17:59:38 -0500
  • Natalie Nunes
    signed via 2019-12-18 15:30:56 -0500
  • Silvia Alonso
    signed 2019-12-18 15:20:56 -0500
  • Georgene Thrift
    signed 2019-12-18 14:00:38 -0500
  • Virginia Kristl
    signed 2019-12-18 13:42:42 -0500
    Have 100 bed in local county jail (Strafford County, New Hampshire) holding detainees for weeks and months. Willing to organize if you offer support.
  • Dana Mangum
    signed 2019-12-18 12:35:24 -0500
  • Shelby Warren
    signed 2019-12-18 12:21:02 -0500
  • Connie Burton
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  • Randall Burson
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  • Andrew Lyman-Buttler
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  • Lona Caires
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  • Trieneke Kylstra
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  • Michele Hines
    signed 2019-12-18 09:17:30 -0500
  • Daniel Weisel
    signed 2019-12-18 07:37:12 -0500
    healthy illegal immigrants are less financially burdensome than sick or dead illegal immigrants. This is not the place to pick a fight. Let people get vaccinated.
  • Jennifer Ramos
    signed 2019-12-18 07:35:32 -0500
  • Brenda Wu
    signed 2019-12-18 06:30:39 -0500
  • Missy Brown
    signed 2019-12-17 20:34:43 -0500
  • Christine Kwong
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    Christine Kwong
  • Sonya Steven
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  • Lynn Medoff
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  • Francesca Uberoi
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  • Samantha Haley
    signed via 2019-12-17 14:04:14 -0500
  • Benjamin Lang MD, MPH
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  • Norma Santacruz
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