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Most South Florida ICE Detainees Reject the COVID-19 Vaccine

Of the 222 detainees in South Florida offered the COVID-19 vaccine last week, only 78 chose to receive it.

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Court documents show most immigration detainees at two South Florida detention centers refused to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. According to federal data, 222 detainees at the Broward Transitional Center and the Glades County Detention Center were offered the vaccine last week. Only 78 detainees got vaccinated. Meanwhile 144 detainees, or 65 percent, didn’t want it. The two facilities received the vaccines as part of a settlement in Miami federal court, as advocates sued last year to demand the release of migrants amid a rise in COVID-19 cases within ICE detention centers. Bradenton 

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