Arrival of Johnson & Johnson Vaccines Offers Indian Health Services Another Option to Protect Indigenous Citizens | Local News

Arrival of Johnson & Johnson Vaccines Offers Indian Health Services Another Option to Protect Indigenous Citizens |  Local News

According to data released in December by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Indians and Alaska Natives across the country are 3.5 times more likely to contract COVID-19 than whites and almost twice as likely to die from it.

As of Tuesday morning, indigenous people made up nearly 10% of the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

In an effort to minimize and possibly stop the spread in the Indian country, the federally managed service unit facilities in Claremore, Pawnee, Wewoka, Lawton, El Reno, Anadarko, Watonga, Carnegie and Clinton have opened go for vaccines to non-native caregivers and household members of tribal citizens. Access to vaccines in Claremore and Wewoka is limited to adults 18 years of age and older.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Cherokee Nation also announced that vaccine distribution efforts …

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