Cuomo urges feds to protect undocumented immigrants in vaccine rollout

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The letter proposes a modified system that tracks vaccinated individuals but does not reveal private information such as Social Security numbers, passport numbers, or driver license numbers. But for the vaccination program to be successful, it must have the full participation of all the American people. Cuomo urges feds to protect undocumented immigrants in vaccine rollout

By Zoe Christen Jones

December 1, 2020 / 1:52 PM
/ CBS News

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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. Is shopping in stores safe during the coronavirus pandemic? This could dissuade undocumented immigrants from taking the vaccine, he argued. It is in everyone’s interest for all of us to work together to encourage our respective constituents to participate in the vaccination program,” the letter reads. The letter also demands that the government must agree to keep this personal information private and not share it with any non-health agency.”Obviously, a successful program administering the vaccine is critical to national health. If approved for emergency use, Azar said “we could be seeing both of these vaccines out and getting into people’s arms before Christmas.”

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Cuomo urges feds to protect undocumented immigrants in vaccine rollout

Will you get a stimulus check by December 31? reported more than 13 million cases of the virus nationwide, with over 266,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. and Pfizer have applied to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of its coronavirus vaccine. In an interview with “CBS This Morning,” Azar said the FDA has announced an advisory committee meeting for December 10. 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. “Further, it is certainly not in the national interest for individuals to have valid concerns preventing such participation, and the undocumented community has specific and valid cause for concern in providing unnecessary, irrelevant, and sensitive information to federal agencies.”

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Healthcare companies Moderna Inc. “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. China marks 1 year since COVID symptoms were first detected

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