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.

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Michelle Feltes
Kathleen Fane
Diana Mercado Marmarosh
Tiffany Lahr
Tad Dunlap
Brittany Palumbo
Melanie Austin
Keren Osman
Nicole Christian
Ashley de Padua
Susan Wade
Preeti Rout
Luz Arroyo
Rebecca Baggett
Erin Schmitt
Maureen Hirthler
Katherine Stolarz
Marcia Glass
Branden Pfefferkorn
Kathryn Stahl
Annamarie Pond
Tari Gilbert
Anne Weinsoft
Katherine Schaff
Dr Kathleen A Howard
Dorit Koren
Kate Sugarman
Tara Altepeter
Erin Jones
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  • Michelle Feltes
    signed 2019-11-21 14:02:48 -0500
  • Kathleen Fane
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  • Diana Mercado Marmarosh
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  • Tiffany Lahr
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  • Tad Dunlap
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  • Brittany Palumbo
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  • Melanie Austin
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  • Keren Osman
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    Keren Osman
  • DrNicoleCB
    @nickivicki tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-21 13:49:09 -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
  • Nicole Christian
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  • Ashley de Padua
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  • Susan Wade
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  • Preeti Rout
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  • Maureen Hirthler
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  • Katherine Stolarz
    signed 2019-11-21 13:38:49 -0500
    It is shameful to deny free lifesaving vaccines, please do the right thing before another life is lost on our watch.
  • Marcia Glass
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  • Branden Pfefferkorn
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  • Anne Weinsoft
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  • Katherine Schaff
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  • Dr Kathleen A Howard
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  • Dorit Koren
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