Oklahoma’s Native American tribes are moving ahead of the general population toward herd immunity, so much so that they are opening up COVID-19 vaccination to all Oklahomans.
Having received tens of thousands of doses from the Indian Health Service, the small tribal leadership in Chickasaw, ChoctawThe Osage, Cherokee and Potawatomi nations have been able to quickly and effectively use their medical infrastructure to distribute the vaccine to the highest and highest priority tribal members.
Work done, tribes are beginning to offer vaccines to anyone in the state who needs them, understanding that their members are entangled in Oklahoma communities, and Oklahomans are entangled within tribal communities.
The Chickasaw Nation, in particular, recently opened a new tribal health center in the city of Ada, with 16 lanes for vaccines. Oklahoma residents can schedule an appointment online through the tribe’s website.
Chickasaw Medical Director Dr. John Krueger said 30,000 doses had been administered to the tribe’s 35,000-member population.
“We are part of these communities and they are part of us,” Krueger said. CNN. “The faster we can get everyone back to essential protection, the better it will be for us and the better for everyone.”
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Ute can do it
The Mountain Ute tribe and the Colorado Navajos followed suit, offering several rounds of Modern COVID-19 vaccines. free—With Mountain Ute organizing the vaccination drive at their casino.
“We need to look out for everyone who gets vaccinated in the Four Corners region,” said Ute Mountain Ute Tribe President Manuel Heart, according to local news reports. “Congratulations to everyone who came out and worked together to make this happen.”
About 700 doses were made available and tribal membership was not required. 100 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires a single injection, as the single dose is ideal for transient populations, were made available to the homeless community in the Cortez, Colorado area.
the Southcentral Foundation In Alaska, it is using a network of native health centers that are both effective and also offer vaccinations to all Alaskans over 18 years of age.
The Indian Health Service has distributed a total of 1.25 million doses, three-fifths of which have already been administered and the majority of which have gone to New Mexico, California and Oklahoma.
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