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Navajo Nation will receive first doses of COVID-19 vaccine early this week | TheHill – The Hill

The Navajo Nation introduced on Saturday that it will receive its first doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine early this week.

The nation mentioned in a press release that it’s anticipating its first shipments on Monday and Tuesday. The doses will be administered to well being care staff and people in lengthy-time period assisted residing services.

The shipments will be transported to Gallup Indian Medical Middle, Chinle IHS and Northern Navajo Medical Middle, the nation mentioned. Doses will then be despatched to different areas which might be in a position to retailer the vaccine at “deep frozen temperature.”  

The Meals and Drug Administration authorised Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine for emergency use on Friday, and states are anticipated to receive their first doses subsequent week.  The vaccine will should be stored at minus 70 levels Celsius, or minus 94 levels Fahrenheit.

The announcement comes because the Navajo Nation experiences a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Final week, the nation extended its keep-at-dwelling order to Dec. 28 after experiencing a surge in circumstances that it attributed to household gatherings and off-reservation journey. The order was first imposed Nov. 13, and was scheduled to finish Dec. 6.

The nation is at the moment below a 57-hour lockdown working from 8 p.m. Friday to five a.m. Monday, below which companies are closed. All residents have to stay dwelling, with the exception of important staff.

“Proper now, our hospitals and well being care staff are overwhelmed as a result of the excessive stage of new COVID-19 circumstances,” Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer mentioned within the assertion. “If we keep dwelling extra, we assist to isolate the virus and cut back the unfold of the virus.”

The Navajo Division of Well being reported 203 new coronavirus circumstances on Saturday, bringing its cumulative complete to 19,420. The nation has seen 719 deaths from the virus because the pandemic started.

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