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Tribes credited with elevating vaccinations in rural Arizona

Arizona Department of Health Services

Arizona is the only state in the U.S. where rural vaccine rates outpaced more populated counties throughout the coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Public health experts believe the rates are mainly fueled by the disproportionate number of Indigenous lives lost to COVID-19.

The profound loss — particularly of elders — drove Tribal citizens to get vaccinated as an act of selflessness.

The state of Arizona's own data did not include vaccinations conducted through the Indian Health Service, which is a federal agency.