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Oklahoma tribes prepare to pivot to booster shots in COVID-19 battle


September 9, 2021

Patients get COVID-19 vaccine at the Chickasaw Nation Emergency Operations Facility in Ada, Oklahoma. The tribe planned to begin offering booster shots to immunocompromised patients in August. Photo by Michael Scott / Courtesy the Chickasaw Nation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Formal guidance from the Indian Health Service on how and when to give COVID-19 vaccine booster shots still are in the works, but some tribes in Oklahoma aren't waiting.

Armed with the news that booster shot guidelines are on the horizon, tribal nations in Oklahoma are continuing their fight against COVID-19 in a state with a low vaccination rate as another surge pushes health care systems to their limits.

Chickasaw Nation Department of Health locations in Ada, Ardmore, Purcell and Tishomingo began administering booster shots on August 25 to those who are immunocompromised. The Choctaw, Cheyenne and Arapaho, Citizen Potawatomi, Absentee Shawnee and Wyandotte nations are likely to begin offering boosters shots later this month, following guidelines from federal health agencies.


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