KOB Web Staff & Nathan O'Neal
Updated: December 14, 2020 06:28 PM
Created: December 14, 2020 01:15 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The first batch of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccines arrived on the Navajo Nation Monday.
The vaccines were sent to the Indian Medical Center in Gallup to be distributed to other key health care centers across the Navajo Nation. Hospitals and other facilities on the Nation will receive the vaccines when they're ready to administer them.
"Right now we are seeing some of that distribution happening on the New Mexico side. Of course, tomorrow, it'll be into Arizona, as well, for the Utah Navajos, they're going through with the state distribution," said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.
Navajo Nation police will be escorting the transports.
“We are looking at these vaccines coming onto the Navajo Nation and being distributed from the point of delivery out to the seven service units throughout the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona,” President Nez said.
When the vaccines arrive, Group 1-A—which is comprised of health care workers, EMS staff, and people in nursing homes— will receive their doses first.
The second group to receive the vaccine, Group 1-B, will include people with underlying medical conditions, and people who deliver food and supplies.
Next, Group 1-C will receive the vaccine and will include people with underlying medical conditions, and people who are 65 and older.
After all those groups are vaccinated, the Navajo Nation will offer them to the public.
“That could be the spring or even the early summer of next year,” President Nez said.
The Navajo Nation is hoping for a shipment of 9,000 additional vaccines from Moderna once the FDA approves it for emergency use.
— Nathan O'Neal (@nateoneal) December 14, 2020
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