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

Elena Johns
Joan Lederer
Ruth Dallas
Miranda Barnes
Geoffrey Serfilippi
Stefan Jensen
Bayla Greenspoon
Faith Reeves
Wendy Scalisi
Athena Viscusi
Halea Murphy
Lisa Horobin
Rachel Mory
Donna Frankel
Margaret Applebee
John Willoughby
Bobbie Barlowe
Marlana Herring
Catherine Bax
Stephanie Freeman
April Oertle
martin donohoe
Tyler DeBrock
Robin Dalmas
Thelma Garza
Kathleen Corey
Sarah Burns
Martha Villanueva
Michelle Dorwart
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  • Elena Johns
    signed 2019-12-28 14:06:19 -0500
  • Joan Lederer
    signed 2019-12-28 09:13:23 -0500
    I cannot believe we have to do this
  • Joan Lederer
    @jalederer1 tweeted link to this page. 2019-12-28 09:12:49 -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
  • Ruth Dallas
    signed 2019-12-27 23:23:25 -0500
  • Miranda Barnes
    signed 2019-12-27 11:07:42 -0500
  • Geoffrey Serfilippi
    signed 2019-12-27 10:19:01 -0500
    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

    Ben Franklin
  • Stefan Jensen
    signed 2019-12-27 09:19:39 -0500
  • Bayla Greenspoon
    signed 2019-12-26 12:56:18 -0500
  • Faith Reeves
    signed 2019-12-26 09:15:30 -0500
    Faith Reeves
  • Wendy Scalisi
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  • Athena Viscusi
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  • Halea Murphy
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  • Lisa Horobin
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  • Donna Frankel
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  • Margaret Applebee
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  • John Willoughby
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  • Bobbie Barlowe
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  • Marlana Herring
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  • Catherine Bax
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  • Stephanie Freeman
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  • April Oertle
    signed 2019-12-21 17:27:06 -0500
  • martin donohoe
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  • Tyler DeBrock
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  • Robin Dalmas
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  • Thelma Garza
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  • Kathleen Corey
    signed via 2019-12-20 09:10:28 -0500
    Kathleen Corey
  • Sarah Burns
    signed 2019-12-20 02:44:40 -0500
    Sarah P Burns
  • Martha Villanueva
    signed 2019-12-19 23:59:22 -0500
    Martha Villanueva, RN, BA

    Community Consolidate School district 62
  • Michelle Dorwart
    signed 2019-12-19 23:02:04 -0500