Navajo Nation Receives First Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine

Dec 15, 2020

The Navajo Nation began receiving coronavirus vaccine doses Monday.

Health care workers transport the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Sage Memorial Hospital in Ganado.
Credit Sage Memorial Hospital

President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer visited the Gallup Indian Medical Center as the first shipments arrived. The tribe is expecting nearly 4,000 doses by today with nearly 8,000 more arriving next week.

The vaccines will cover healthcare workers, emergency medical staff, traditional practitioners working in Indian Health Service facilities, and the staff and patients in long-term nursing homes. Navajo health officials Monday reported nearly 160 new known COVID cases and two more deaths from the virus. Nearly 20,000 people on the Navajo Nation has tested positive since the pandemic began and 722 have died.