The Cherokee Nation has opened its COVID-19 vaccine distribution to anyone, Native American or not, living within its 14-county area, the tribe announced Tuesday.
The Cherokee Nation has gone through its three-phase distribution plan, and any member of the public who live within the reservation area is now eligible to receive a vaccine through the Cherokee Nation Health Services.
“The Cherokee Nation is a good partner in our communities and by working together we can combat this deadly virus within our reservation and make more families safe,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement. “We’re proud the Cherokee Nation can offer this service and give our communities the opportunity to be protected from COVID-19.”
The Cherokee Nation is still distributing the vaccine to Cherokee citizens, citizens of any other federally recognized tribe and household members of Natives living inside and outside the reservation.
Vaccines are available at all Cherokee Nation health centers.
“By protecting everyone living within the boundaries of our reservation, we are protecting our citizens, our culture, our language, our family and our neighbors,” said Cherokee Nation Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner. “That’s the Cherokee way to help each other.”
Established Cherokee Nation Health Services patients can call 1-539-234-4099 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or go on the patient portal online at health.cherokee.org/patient-portal/ to schedule a vaccine appointment.
Non-Natives who need a vaccine must make a health chart through the Cherokee Nation Health Services and have an address in the reservation.
The tribe’s area includes all or portions of Tulsa, Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Ottawa, Rogers, Sequoyah, Wagoner, and Washington counties.
Charts can be made at health.cherokee.org/patient-registration/.
Vaccinations are being administered by appointment only.
Evening appointments will be offered beginning Thursday at all health centers every Thursday until 7 p.m. in March.
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