Officials want to know whether the state or federal government is responsible for distributing the vaccines
California lawmakers have asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to address concerns about how detained migrants will receive the coronavirus vaccine.
In a letter to the Democratic governor, state officials led by Sen. Maria Elena Durazzo on Tuesday outlined a list of questions they want to clarify. It is also reported whether the state or federal government is responsible for delivering the vaccines to the detainees, reported Sacramento Bee.
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said it would create confusion that it would leave states to organize vaccine distribution, the letter claims.
The Department of Homeland Security announced earlier this month that in collaboration with federal partners, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would work to establish temporary vaccine delivery sites around the country. It added that ICE and border protection officials “will not conduct enforcement operations in or near vaccine distribution sites or clinics.”
The department stated, “DHS and its federal government partners support equal access to COVID-19 vaccine and vaccine delivery sites for undivided immigrants,” Statement.
But the agency has not publicly addressed, as President Biden entered the White House, how it would deal with immunization for detained immigrants.
Martial project Corrective facilities in the US found that coronavirus infection rates were four times higher than the general public.
But data collected between April and August last year found that the rate of infection among ICE detainees was 13 times higher than the infection rate among the general population, reported Los angeles times.
“It is imperative that our state has plans to vaccinate individuals in different settings and detention facilities – where the 100 largest COVID-19 clusters have occurred,” states the letter to Newsom. Sacramento Bee.
Gov. Newsom did not immediately respond to Granthshala News’ request for how it plans to address vaccine distribution to detained immigrants.
But as the governor faces a recall election by Californians frustrated by Coronovirus’s response, he may face additional backlash from Republicans who already have Biden’s plans to allow indirect migrants to receive the vaccine Let’s reject.
“President Biden plans to vaccinate illegal migrants ahead of Americans who are currently denied the COVID-19 vaccine, a slap in the face to the millions of hardworking families who have been waiting for the vaccine for months, “Houseman Whip Steve Scalise said. in Statement Earlier this month, DHS’s use of unspecified individuals for vaccination would not be ruled out under the scheme.
Granthshala News could not immediately reach ICE to clarify how detained migrants would receive coronovirus vaccines.