COVID-19: Yellowhawk vaccinating hundreds of tribal members

After first prioritizing elders, now all members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are eligible for shots.
Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center serves Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Courtesy: Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
The Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is finishing the final phase of its initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The clinic received 2,050 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in December and has a goal of fully vaccinating 1,025 people (two doses per person) by the end of February.

MISSION, Ore. – The Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, which has been working to vaccinate enrolled members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is finishing the final phase of its initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout this month.

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The clinic received 2,050 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in mid-December and has a goal of fully vaccinating 1,025 people (two doses per person) by the end of February.

“As of this morning, we have 327 people fully vaccinated,” said Yellowhawk Public Relations Manager Shauna Nosler. “So those are people who have had both shots. Tomorrow is another COVID vaccination clinic and we have close to 150 appointments confirmed. Of those, they are all first doses.”

Nosler said the clinic has sent out messages regarding the vaccination process via direct phone calls, automated calls, text messages, U.S. mail, social media posts, website updates and word of mouth.

“We have received a great response from the community thus far,” said Yellowhawk CEO Lisa Guzman.

Yellowhawk is now hoping people will answer a survey — available online and at its health center — to help them reach every potential patient in need of the two shots.

After initially prioritizing healthcare workers, first responders and tribal elders*, Yellowhawk is now in its “Phase3,” looking to vaccinate any CTUIR enrolled members and those who are from other federally recognized tribes and are age 16 or older.

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COVID-19 vaccination appointments at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To schedule an appointment, call (541) 240-8733.

*If you are a tribal elder and have not had your vaccination, Yellowhawk says to call them at (541) 240-8733 and they will schedule you.