In Hard-Hit Indian Country, Tribes Rapidly Roll Out Vaccines

In Hard-Hit Indian Country, Tribes Rapidly Roll Out Vaccines

The federally funded Indian Health Service provides care on many reservations, while also distributing money to tribes that run their own health programs. The Indian Health Service says it has distributed 493,000 vaccine doses to its own facilities, tribal health systems and Urban Indian Organizations. We’re the descendants of the 5% that survived.”That memory, said Sams, has motivated tribal members to take the pandemic seriously. State and federal officials have distributed vaccines to 27 tribal health organizations that are responsible for reaching the state’s 229 tribes—many in isolated villages. Most Urban Indian Organizations have received their vaccines through the Indian Health Service.

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