The Biden administration is reportedly planning to vaccinate migrants coming across the border into the custody of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP.)
Fox News reports:
Vaccines would also be offered to those facing deportation, but not to those being quickly expelled via Title 42 public health protections, the outlet reported. The vaccines used would be the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
So far, the vaccine has been administered to migrants in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, although Fox News reported last month that 30% of immigrants in ICE custody are declining the shot.
DHS, in a statement to Fox, said its protocols had not yet changed.
“The health and safety of our workforce and the migrants in our care are of paramount importance,” a spokesperson said. “We continue to monitor and reassess our COVID-19 protocols. At this time, our protocols have not changed.”
The news comes as multiple border states have expressed concern over rising Covid cases as a result of the migrant crossings. Some reports have alleged that CBP has not been testing migrants for the virus before releasing them into the country, therefore allowing the virus to continue to spread.