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Cherokee Nation Moves To Next Phase In Vaccine Distribution


More people in the Cherokee Nation will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as the Tribal Nation begins Phase 2 of its vaccine distribution plan.

Cherokee Nation teachers, childcare workers and head start staff are now eligible to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, along with tribal citizens 55 years and older. Also eligible are infrastructure support and food distribution staff.

"Every citizen we vaccinate, is one less patient at risk of testing positive, having to be hospitalized or lost due to COVID-19," said CNHS Deputy Executive Director of External Operations Brian Hail.

The Cherokee Nation received their first doses of the vaccine on December 14. So far, they've administered more than 6,500 vaccines, including 900 to first speakers.

For more information on the vaccine and to make an appointment go to health.cherokee.org.


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Allison Herrera is a radio and print journalist who's worked for PRX's The World, Colorado Public Radio as the climate and environment editor and as a freelance reporter for High Country News’ Indigenous Affairs desk.
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