The Covid shot is being administered by the Border Patrol
The Border Patrol will initially have the capacity to vaccinate about 2,700 migrants a day, the administration told Congress Monday in a notice seen by Businesshala, though it expects to be able to administer up to 6,000 shots a day by the end of May . That is about the number of migrants a day who crossed the border, though preliminary border numbers in March seen by the Journal show that crossings are once more on the rise.
The new vaccination plan comes as the Biden administration weighs whether to end Title 42, the pandemic-era Trump administration border policy allowing Border Patrol agents to immediately turn away migrants without considering their asylum claims. A decision on Title 42 could come as soon as later this week, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—the agency that issued the policy—must renew it or let it lapse.
Right now, the government applies Title 42 to some migrants—primarily single adults and some migrant families—while letting the rest stay in the country and pursue their asylum cases under the normal immigration process. That second group started receiving a dose of the Covid vaccine on Monday. Should the pandemic policy come to an end, everyone would be processed under normal immigration procedures, meaning they would either be released or jailed pending a deportation proceeding, though the administration fears dropping the policy could result in a crush of people it might not be able to handle.
CNN first reported on the vaccination plan.
Vaccinating migrants had long been under consideration by the White House and at DHS, where some officials opposed it for different reasons. At the White House, some senior officials argued that administering vaccines to migrants after they crossed the border illegally could serve as another draw for more to come, according to people familiar with their thinking, current and former officials said.
The Border Patrol had previously objected to administering vaccines saying agents were already handling so many migrants that vaccinating them in custody would slow down the process and result in dangerous overcrowding, the people said.
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