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Navajo Nation vaccinates more than half of its adult population, outpacing US national rate

April 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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SHIPROCK, NM - DECEMBER 15: Medical staff at Northern Navajo Medical Center are among the first to recieve the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the Navajo nation on December 15, 2020 in Shiprock, New Mexico. Chad Deegala, a pharmacist with USPHS, shows a health care worker how to prepare the COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo by Micah Garen/Getty Images)

As Covid-19 vaccinations have become more widely available across the US, the Navajo Nation has reported more than half of its adult members have been vaccinated, outpacing the vaccination rate for the rest of the US.

(CNN)As Covid-19 vaccinations have become more widely available across the US, the Navajo Nation has reported more than half of its adult members have been vaccinated, outpacing the vaccination rate for the rest of the US.

The Navajo Nation, which is the largest reservation in the US, with over 300,000 members, has now vaccinated more than half of all adults living on the nation, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a press release Sunday.

"Over half the adult population on the Navajo Nation has been vaccinated, but to reach herd immunity we need more people to get vaccinated," Nez said.

The Navajo Nation experienced a scourge of Covid-19 cases that paralyzed much of the population and threw them into multiple weeks-long lockdowns over the course of the pandemic.

The challenges the Navajo Nation faced during the pandemic -- such as lower health care capacity and less resources -- led them to have the highest rate of Covid-19 infection in May of 2020, surpassing New York state's infection rate at the time.

On Sunday, Navajo Nation reported 26 new cases and 10 new deaths, the news release said.

Data from the CDC shows that the area of northern New Mexico and Arizona where the Navajo Nation is located has more than 50% of the population fully vaccinated.

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