Indian Health Service To Announce Next Vaccination Goal

Tuesday, March 2nd 2021, 6:24 am
By: Caleb Califano

Oklahoma's Indian Health Service will announce the next steps in their vaccine distribution plan this Tuesday at 11 a.m.

IHS representatives will answer questions on what's next for vaccine distribution efforts in the state. They'll also talk about their next vaccination goal for the IHS.

So far, the Indian Health Service says they've given more than half a million vaccines.

The Oklahoma City area accounts for nearly a quarter of those vaccines with more than 138,000 administered.

The IHS says they've been giving shots at a rate higher than most states. They say that's important because many of the locations they serve are predominately rural and remote.

Within the last week, individual tribes and Indian Health Services have expanded their eligibility to the COVID vaccine. Now both non-Native household members and caregivers to tribal citizens are included.