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February 10, 2021

DHS and FEMA Make Statements Regarding Efforts to Ensure Equity in Vaccine Distribution


On February 2, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security published a statement encouraging all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local distribution guidelines. The statement stated that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will collaborate with federal partners to establish and support vaccination sites. The statement also stated that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will not conduct enforcement operations at or near vaccine distribution sites or clinics.

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On February 9, 2021, FEMA released a statement announcing the establishment of a Civil Rights Advisory Group to evaluate policies, practices, strategies, and plans in place to identify and eliminate inequities. The goal of the group is to promote equity in activities that FEMA and the Federal Government fund to vaccinate the country. FEMA’s services to ensure equity in vaccine distribution include the deployment of civil rights advisors, disability integration specialists, and language services to all regions. 

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