October 30th, 2009
07:38 PM ET
9 years ago

H1N1 shots to be offered to Guantanamo detainees

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Pentagon will offer the H1N1 vaccination to detainees at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, officials there said Friday.

The Pentagon made the decision based on U.S. government assessments that people held in detention facilities are at high risk for the pandemic, said Maj. Diana R. Haynie, a spokeswoman for Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, which is in charge of holding the suspected terrorists.

"Detainees at JTF Guantanamo are considered to be at higher risk and therefore they will be offered the H1N1 vaccination," Haynie said.

"JTF Guantanamo conducts safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees. As such, we must provide detainees the medical care necessary to maintain their health," she said.

Base officials had not received the vaccinations and did not know when they were expected to arrive, Haynie said.

Once the vaccinations are received, doses will be administered to active-duty personnel before being offered to detainees and others on the base, Haynie said.

The vaccination is mandatory for all uniformed personnel, she said.

The vaccinations will be voluntary for the detainees, who will be briefed on the virus and the vaccine prior to deciding whether to receive the latter.

Some of the detainees have already voluntarily taken the seasonal flu shot, Haynie said.

Filed under: Guantanamo Bay
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Mike

    ...AFTER ALL American citizens receive their shots FIRST, right?

    October 30, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Fitz in Texas

    I'm speechless........this is so unbelievable I'm down right speechless.

    I think we need to close Gitmo and let these fine folks move into the White House with Obama, Pelosi and Reid.

    October 30, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. aware

    Right – give it to the terrorists! 😦

    October 30, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. DJ in the Silicon Forest

    Oh, this is just rich! I can't get a shot yet, not can my college age daughter, but the "detainees" can get them!! Explain to me HOW exactly they are a a higher risk when they are pretty much quarantined on an island with little interaction with the outside world? I'm assuming our military that has contact with them have been given the shots...so where is the risk, Pentagon People???? Wake me up from this never ending nightmare!!!!

    October 30, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. susie

    Unbelievable! College and schools should get the shots before them.

    October 30, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. John "Mac" Mackie

    Great, we can’t get the vaccination as American citizens here in the states due to shortages, yet we’re offering it to our enemies(???). Next will be the ‘al qaeda exchange student program’ or ‘adopt a Gitmo detainee program' – what a joke our country & national defense has become amidst the wash of “ultra-PC/hyper-sensitive-& -chronically-offended-by-everything” society we’ve descended to……..

    October 30, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. Eric in Denver

    Great it is a matter of time before the ACLU demands H1N1 shots for all rapists, murderers, and terrorists.

    October 30, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    The combatants whould be on th elast of the list for any vaccine. I hope they give the vaccine to the security forces first. They are more important.

    October 30, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. JR

    Yeah, it's great, we'll torture them to near death and then protect them from Swine Flu, what a country.

    October 30, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. ohio

    can not provide enough for American CITIZENS but we give it to the terrorists?

    This is one time I think the military needs to remember who it is they are protecting!

    October 30, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Ken Williams

    O that's just ducky. There's not enough for citizens, but let's give them to Terrorists

    October 30, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. furious

    Americans who pay their taxes can't get the vaccine but they're giving it for free to criminals and possibly terrorists?

    October 30, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  13. Ridgeway

    Waste of money now. I thought we only tested on rats. This is an insult to rats.

    October 30, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  14. Edward

    If only the government cared about the rest of us as much as it cared about the detainees in Guantanamo.

    October 30, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  15. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Are you saying that people who are being held for trying to kill Americans are going to get this vaccine before Americans? This Administration gets more and more ridiculous.

    October 30, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  16. Chad

    Obama has his priorities straight.... take care of the terrorists before he takes care of the American people. This administration has lost it!

    October 30, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  17. 114 American children have died.....

    from H1 N1 but we can't get the vaccine......

    Obama's kids are vaccinated but mine can't get it......this is how gov't health care will be run......are you sure you want it?

    October 30, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  18. Pfft

    There isn't enough to go around for AMERICAN CITIZENS who need it, so they are going to give it to terrorists. Way to go Obamanation on taking care of us.

    October 30, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. zac

    I can't believe this. Prisoners before your own citizens?

    October 30, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  20. I'm a law-abiding citizen, so

    Could I get one first, please?

    October 30, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. Maria

    Before tax paying American citizens who want it? Umm strange priority, they don't have rights but you will protect them from the flu? I wonder if the military serving there have been given H1N1?

    October 30, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. Rodrivera

    What's next? If they get sick Mr Obama will send them to the Mayo Clinic
    for treatment at Tax Payers expense?

    October 30, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  23. Dave

    Thats great. Our federal government cares more for the Islamic extremist who would like to kill all of us than the general population. Thanks President Obama the terrorist hugger. I hope the people in this nation wake up before we have another major terrorist attack that claims thousands of innocent lives.

    October 30, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. David

    No one in my entire family can get the vaccine here in the U.S. yet our government seems to think that terrorists at Guantanamo are priorities over U.S. citizens. I am absolutely DISGUSTED and OUTRAGED at the blatent disregard our government has or its own citizens.

    October 30, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  25. profadrock

    I think the policy that the Guantanamo detainees are receiving flu vaccines before many American citizens speaks volumes.

    It is just a small example of the fact that our education, law enforcement, and infrastructure funds are being siphoned to pay off Pakistani warlords, Afghan corrupt politicians, and God knows who else...

    We are in big trouble....

    October 30, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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