Mobile Vaccination Buses Hit the Road on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation


April 19, 2021

Muscogee (Creek) Nation health care workers vaccinate individuals at the Springfield United Methodist Church at a carry-out, wild onion dinner in Okemah, Okla. on Saturday, April 3.

OKMULGEE, Okla. - For Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens unable to make the trip to urban centers to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, MCN's Department of Health (MCNDH) is bringing the vaccine to them.

In April, the health department introduced "Little Caretaker On the Go" and "Medicine Runner" to their vaccine deployment effort, two retrofitted buses complete with exam rooms and decorated with the department's tribal logo.

The buses will travel throughout remote areas of the Muscogee Reservation, including communities 15 to 30 miles from the nearest health care facility. The Creek Nation's Secretary of Health, Shawn Terry, told Native News Online that even for residents closer to urban centers, proximity does not necessarily equal access.


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