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

Erin Schmitt L.Ac
Maureen Hirthler
Katherine Stolarz
Marcia Glass
Branden Pfefferkorn
Kathryn Stahl
Annamarie Pond
Tari Gilbert
Anne Weinsoft
Katherine Schaff
Kathleen Howard
Dorit Koren
Kate Sugarman
Tara Altepeter
Erin Jones
Carol Glowacki
Suzanne Bestler
Matthew Gibson
Faith Galderisi
Gale Gordon
Brian Elmore
Mari Siegel
Julie Sierra
Sunjung Cho
Marie DeLuca
Ian Kim
Danielle Deines
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  • Erin Schmitt L.Ac
    signed 2019-11-21 13:39:55 -0500
  • Maureen Hirthler
    signed 2019-11-21 13:39:47 -0500
  • 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
    signed 2019-11-21 13:36:06 -0500
  • Branden Pfefferkorn
    signed 2019-11-21 13:36:03 -0500
  • Kathryn Stahl
    signed 2019-11-21 13:35:22 -0500
  • Annamarie Pond
    signed 2019-11-21 13:35:09 -0500
  • Tari Gilbert
    signed 2019-11-21 13:34:50 -0500
  • Anne Weinsoft
    signed via 2019-11-21 13:34:26 -0500
  • Katherine Schaff
    signed 2019-11-21 13:33:51 -0500
    Katherine Schaff
  • Kathleen Howard
    signed 2019-11-21 13:32:04 -0500
  • Dorit Koren
    signed 2019-11-21 13:32:01 -0500
  • Kate Sugarman
    signed 2019-11-21 13:31:23 -0500
  • Tara Altepeter
    signed 2019-11-21 13:31:06 -0500
  • Erin Jones
    signed 2019-11-21 13:30:53 -0500
  • Carol Glowacki
    signed 2019-11-21 13:30:52 -0500
  • Suzanne Bestler
    signed 2019-11-21 13:30:00 -0500
  • 🌈Matthew Gibson, MD (He/Him)
    @matthewgibsonmd tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-21 13:29:23 -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
  • Matthew Gibson
    signed 2019-11-21 13:29:14 -0500
  • Faith Galderisi
    signed 2019-11-21 13:28:25 -0500
  • Gale Gordon
    signed 2019-11-21 13:28:05 -0500
  • Brian Elmore
    signed 2019-11-21 13:25:48 -0500
  • mari siegel
    @marisiegel tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-21 13:11:16 -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
  • Mari Siegel
    signed 2019-11-21 13:11:06 -0500
  • Ian Kim
    published this page 2019-11-21 00:45:50 -0500
  • Julie Sierra
    signed 2019-11-20 14:02:44 -0500
  • Sunjung Cho
    signed 2019-11-20 14:02:17 -0500
    Thank you, Doctors for Camp Closure!
  • Marie DeLuca
    signed 2019-11-20 13:56:04 -0500
  • Ian Kim
    signed 2019-11-20 13:54:38 -0500
  • Danielle Deines
    signed 2019-11-20 13:51:04 -0500