Cass Lake IHS health care workers among first in the state to receive COVID-19 vaccine, Sanford Bemidji receives vaccine shipment
December 15, 2020
BELTRAMI COUNTY -- Applause, smiles and tears abounded in a conference room at the Cass Lake Hospital on Monday as 10 health care workers were among the first in the state to receive initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
White Earth descendant Danielle Whalen, a licensed practical nurse at Indian Health Services in Cass Lake, was one of the first to receive her vaccination.
"I'm excited, I'm thankful," Whalen said as she wiped happy tears from her eyes. "I'm excited to see my mom. I really wanted to do this for the people in my community, my elders, my patients, my family. So I was very motivated, but I'm mostly very excited because I haven't hugged my mom since March, so I'm looking forward to that. This makes a world of difference for me."