'A long journey': Indian Country continues to suffer from COVID-19
November 10, 2021
The Indian Health Service has begun rolling out COVID-19 vaccines for youth as the coronavirus continues to have an outsize impact on Indian Country more than 18 months into the pandemic.
On Monday, the Anadarko Indian Health Center in Oklahoma administered the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to youth between the ages of 5 and 11. Officials hailed federal authorization as a key step in the ongoing fight against the coronavirus, which has affected American Indians and Alaska Natives at disproportionate levels.
"It's been a long journey to get here," Elizabeth Fowler, the acting director of the IHS, said during a media event at the facility. "We are one step closer to reaching community immunity with the recent authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11."