TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation has now administered more than 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as the tribe continues to find ways to reach the public, including with mass vaccination events.
According to a CN press release, the tribe continues to offer vaccines to tribal citizens and anyone in the public, regardless of tribal citizenship, at all of its health centers in northeast Oklahoma. It is also holding drive-thru events at Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs on April 10, Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland on April 17, and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on April 24, the release states.
“Eliminating the spread of COVID-19 has been at the forefront of the Cherokee Nation since this pandemic started and we continue to help our citizens and neighbors fight this deadly virus by getting as many vaccinated as possible to protect our communities,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said.
Any member of the public, regardless of where they live, is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine through CN Health Services, the release states.
“Our vaccination operations have developed rapidly since December,” said CN Health Services Executive Director Dr. R. Stephen Jones. “Our team has an all-hands-on-deck approach that has been instrumental in distributing this many vaccines to our citizens, surrounding communities and the general public.”
According to the release, appointments are available at any of the tribe’s nine outpatient health centers. Those looking to schedule a vaccine can call 1-539-234-4099 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Pre-registration paperwork is not required and same-day appointments may be available.
For information about upcoming drive through COVID-19 events visit the CN Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/TheCherokeeNation and for general COVID-19 vaccine information, visit https://health.cherokee.org/.