Documented: Advocates skeptical about ICE providing the COVID-19 vaccine to detainees

“We have seen the extreme health risk and crises that are posed by continuing to keep individuals in ICE detention. There’s no ability to socially distance and engage in hygiene practices that would otherwise be intended to prevent the spread of [COVID-19],” said Sarah Deri Oshiro, the managing director of the immigration practice at Bronx Defenders, who warned officials back in May about the conditions in ICE detention facilities which contributed to the further spread of the virus. “So, while I would personally hope that the people in detention centers receive the COVID-19 vaccine in a high priority fashion, I am not reassured by any comments from the federal government saying that they will work on distributing it to them because of what we’ve seen thus far.”

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