Physicians announced they will continue their efforts to administer flu shots to migrants
WASHINGTON – Following the Trump administration’s continued refusal to allow people in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody to receive flu shots, a group of physicians this week vowed that they would return each day to offer flu vaccinations to migrants until those operating a facility in San Ysidro, California, allow them to do so. Restore Public Trust released the following statement in response:
“Denying flu shots for migrants in government custody is not only cruel, it’s a serious public health risk,” said Lizzy Price, director of Restore Public Trust. “Three children with the flu have already died this year in Customs and Border Protection custody, and still the administration has refused offers from doctors to provide flu vaccinations. The administration’s failure to allow migrants to get flu shots puts vulnerable young lives in danger.”
The doctors’ effort follows widespread reports of CBP’s refusal to administer flu shots, even after the deaths of three children in the agency’s custody from the flu in 2019.