Thursday, December 24, 2020

Should Immigrants and ILLEGALS Get Access to the Coronavirus Vaccines?

REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Surgeon General Says Immigration Status Will Not Affect Access to Coronavirus Vaccine:
Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Sunday that immigrants in the U.S. illegally will have access to the coronavirus vaccine and assured that their medical information collected when they receive the shot will not be used against them in a legal context later.
“No one in this country should be denied a vaccine because of their documentation status,” Adams said Sunday on CBS. “Because it’s not ethically right to deny those individuals.”
“Your information when collected to get your second shot if you get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will not be used in any way, shape, or form to harm you legally,” Adams said federal officials have informed him.
President-elect Joe Biden expressed a similar opinion in August, saying immigrants should be able to receive the vaccine as well as coronavirus tests and treatment if necessary regardless of their documentation status. --->READ MORE HERE
Cuomo urges feds to protect undocumented immigrants in vaccine rollout:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging the federal government to support underserved communities and protect undocumented immigrants as the administration begins to roll out plans to distribute a coronavirus vaccine. Cuomo and a coalition of groups wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar calling for a "fair and equal vaccination program" that reaches these communities.
"The federal government's current plan to vaccinate Americans neglects key priorities that we need to effectively distribute the vaccine to millions of New Yorkers," Cuomo said in a statement. "We need to focus on Black, Brown, Asian and low-income communities that are historically underserved by the healthcare institutions that are key to the federal government's plan."
Cuomo said the federal program requires states to collect and share personal information for those taking the vaccine, which could be shared with federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This could dissuade undocumented immigrants from taking the vaccine, he argued. --->READ MORE HERE

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