Afghan Evacuee Vaccination Plan Confirmed
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas stated during an Operation Allies Welcome teleconference on September 24, 2021, 'All arrivals — U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and Afghan nationals — are being tested for COVID-19 upon arriving in the United States.'
In addition, 'Afghan nationals who are paroled into the United States — how we admit them here on humanitarian discretionary authority — are required to take the vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and COVID-19, amongst others, as conditions of their humanitarian parole.'
Sec. Mayorkas's statement is consistent with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Advisory issued on September 20, 2021, which recommended that clinicians be on alert for cases of measles that meet the case definition, as well as other infectious diseases, including mumps, leishmaniasis, and malaria, among evacuees (including both Afghan nationals and U.S. citizens) from Afghanistan.
The CDC had recently been notified of 16 measles cases and 4 cases of mumps among Afghan nationals and U.S. citizens arriving from Afghanistan.
During early August 2021, data reported to the World Health Organization indicated Afghanistan had confirmed 1,273 measles cases in 2021.
Currently, the Department of Defense is providing temporary housing facilities for applicants and other vulnerable Afghans at eight installations in the USA: Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia; Fort Pickett, Virginia; Fort Lee, Virginia; Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico; Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; Fort Bliss, Texas; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Camp Atterbury, Indiana.