Operation Allies Welcome completes vaccination campaign for Afghan Evacuees
Operation Allies Welcome has finished a vaccination campaign for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), and varicella for Afghan evacuees who are temporarily staying at eight military installations in the United States. In result to this effort more than 49,000 Afghan evacuees nationwide are now vaccinated. Evacuees are also receiving vaccinations at staging areas in Europe and the Middle East. Eligible Afghans will receive the MMR, varicella, polio, Covid-19, and other appropriate vaccinations, as well as medical exams, and health screenings, as a condition of their humanitarian parole.
“The ultimate goal of Operation Allies Welcome is to successfully resettle our Afghan allies into local communities while prioritizing national security and public health,” said Robert Fenton, Senior Response Official for OAW. “This historic effort is part of our enduring commitment to those who supported or worked on behalf of our Nation over the last twenty years.”
To enter the United States, all Afghan evacuees must successfully complete a rigorous screening and vetting process including biometric and biographic screenings conducted by intelligence, law enforcement, and counterterrorism professionals form the Department of Homeland Security and Defense, FBI, National Counterterrorism Center, and additional intelligence Community partners.