Homeland Security is looking for contractor proposals for COVID-19 vaccine services at the border

Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 5:43pm
Updated: Thursday, December 16, 2021 - 12:27pm
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The Department of Homeland Security is asking for contractor proposals to provide COVID-19 vaccination services to non-U.S. citizens at some parts of the border. 

Posted on SAM.gov last month, the federal website where government contractors can submit proposals for projects, DHS says it intends to award a short-term contract to AMI Expeditionary Health Care USA to provide vaccine services to non-U.S. citizens at points along the Southwest border. 

Border Patrol has not consistently tested or offered vaccines to migrants apprehended at the border. But in border states, including Arizona, aid groups and local health departments have assisted with that effort when asylum seekers are processed and allowed to stay in the U.S. Arizona groups say by the time they make it to those services, many migrants are already vaccinated. 

According to the call on SAM, new all proposals were required to be submitted by Dec. 15 and would be considered should additional services be needed in the future.

As of that evening, no proposals were publicly available to view. A DHS spokesperson did not answer whether services were already underway but said vaccines will be provided by contracted staff for the Department of Health and Human Services to asylum seekers enrolled in the revamped Migrant Protection Protocols, and will take place at Border Patrol facilities during that enrollment process. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been updated to clarify who will be receiving vaccination services and what type of proposals DHS is looking for. 

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