Muscogee (Creek) Nation clinic plans vaccine clinic in Tulsa
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health and the federal Indian Health Service said Wednesday they will provide 4,000 coronavirus vaccinations to all Native Americans and members of their households during a two-day clinic in Tulsa.
Any member of a federally recognized tribe and members of their households, Native American or not, are eligible for an appointment to receive the vaccine, said Muscogee (Creek) Health Secretary Shawn Terry.
About 21,000 of the nation’s estimated 65,000 Oklahoma citizens have received at least one vaccine dose and the clinic is an effort to reach out to a larger population of Native Americans, according to Terry.
“It’s a way for us to do a large event in an urban setting and do it efficiently,” Terry said.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday reported a total of 433,516 virus cases since the pandemic began and nearly 1.5 million vaccinations.
The federal Centers for Disease Control has reported 7,610 deaths in Oklahoma due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, according to the state health department.