Tribes prep for vaccine booster after FDA approval
August 30, 2021
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, the state’s largest tribe, has vaccinated 70 percent of its employees, nearly doubling the vaccination rate in Oklahoma. They began offering booster doses to immunocompromised individuals on Aug. 19.
The state is prioritizing immunocompromised individuals for now, but boosters for the general public aren’t set to roll out until next month.
Oklahoma tribes have been at the forefront of cautionary and proactive COVID-19 response, even going so far as shutting down all activities on Labor Day due to the rise in cases, notably the delta variant. Some tribes still have mask mandates in place while Gov. Kevin Stitt has never implemented a statewide mask mandate.