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U.S. Indigenous Communities Start Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines

Federal government's Indian Health Service received about 22,000 vaccine doses Monday

U.S. Indigenous Communities Start Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Indigenous communities in the United States have started receiving COVID-19 vaccines from federal and state agencies.

The initial focus of the federal government's Indian Health Service is to vaccinate health care workers at sovereign Indigenous nation clinics nationwide and urban clinics that provide care for off-reservation Native Americans, the Associated Press reported.

The agency received about 22,000 vaccine doses Monday at distribution centers on the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico and in cities such as Phoenix, where vaccinations were given Thursday to hundreds of health care workers who care for Native Americans.

Other tribes will receive vaccine deliveries through state health agencies, the AP reported.

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