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Muscogee (Creek) Nation awaits COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 5:31 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 10:19:35-05

OKMULGEE, Okla. — As the Pfizer vaccine makes its way to Oklahoma, it is on the way to one of the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus.

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation reported over 60,000 confirmed cases and over 600 deaths for its citizens. 460 doses will be given out to healthcare workers starting Thursday, followed by a roll out in phases.

Shawn Terry is the Secretary of Health for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and part of the MCN Vaccine Task Force.

“Right now, there is no CDC recommendation on differentiating people who have had the virus versus those who haven't had the virus," Terry said.

However, the task force is planning on next steps after healthcare workers receive the vaccine.

“We've also been starting to make lists of patients and putting them in those categories of high risk medium risk and low risk," Terry said.

Those patients will get called and asked if they want to be vaccinated.

Terry said the plan is to eventually vaccinate each household in the nation, but it will depend on the amount of vaccines received.

“We're gonna really have to evaluate if large doses of vaccine comes here to Okmulgee," Terry said. "We may have to do some mass vaccination event.”

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