Navajo Nation Officials Gearing Up For Second Phase Of COVID -19 Vaccine Rollout Plan

Published: Friday, January 8, 2021 - 1:21pm

The Navajo Nation, which spans across portions of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, is getting ready to enter the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Officials are gearing up to enter the second phase of the COVID vaccination plan next week, said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.  

“We’re going to do a blitz, a vaccination blitz if you want to call it that or just getting out there and vaccinating those that are 65 years and over, high-risk patients," he said. 

In addition, Nez said individuals from the first phase such as health care workers and frontline workers who were initially hesitant to get the shot, are also getting vaccinated.

Nearly 12,000 doses of the 20,000 vaccines that the Navajo Nation received have been given out so far to residents, said Dr. Loretta Christensen, chief medical officer of the Indian Health Service's Navajo Area.

“So we are doing an exceptional job of getting the vaccine out," she said. 

Christensen expects more vaccination events will be scheduled as it receives more supply.

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