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Navajo Nation To Require Full Vaccination For Tribal Employees


All Navajo Nation executive branch employees will need to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by the end of September or face regular testing. Tribal President Jonathan Nez announced the new rules on Sunday. They apply to full, part-time and temporary employees, including those working for tribal enterprises like utilities, shopping centers and casinos. The tribe reported just 30 news cases on Sunday and no new deaths.

Meanwhile, state health officials are reporting more than 3,000 new coronavirus cases and an additional three deaths as a surge in COVID-19 infections driven by the delta variant continues. The Arizona Department of Health Services on Sunday reported nearly 19,000 deaths statewide from COVID-19 since the pandemic began in early 2020. New infections had dropped below 1,000 a day for several months until mid-July.