Drug makers will start distributing doses of the vaccine against the coronavirus within days. Tribes, along with the Indian Health Service, have distribution plans in place that put health care workers and elders at the front of the line. It could be many more months before it’s available for many citizens. While the prospect of the vaccine offers relief, there remains some uncertainty over the distribution schedule and the logistical requirements. In addition, distribution among Native Nations could be hampered by lingering distrust of outside medical treatments. We’ll get updates on the latest information and perspectives on the coronavirus vaccine.
Chairman Douglas Yankton Sr. (Spirit Lake Tribe) – chairman of the Spirit Lake Tribe
Dr. Matthew Clark – chair of the IHS National Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and team lead for the for safety and monitoring team of the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force
Dr. Meghan O’Connell (enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation) – medical epidemiologist, CDC Foundation working with the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board
Kailee Fretland (direct descendent of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe) – Indian Health Service COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force deputy lead
Break 1 music: Treaty Six and Coastal Hand Game Song (song) Fawn Wood & Dallas Waskahat (artist) Blessings (album)
Break 2 music: Burning Flame (song) Jan Michael Looking Wolf Band (artist) Breaking Free (album)