Seattle Indian Health Board receives 500 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

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Seattle Indian Health Board

Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) today received 500 doses of the FDA-approved Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which it will begin administering to frontline workers at Seattle Indian Health Board.

Seattle Indian Health Board will also allocate vaccines for members of its Elders Program, as well as frontline workers at Native-led partner organizations, including Chief Seattle Club, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Mother Nation, and Urban Native Education Alliance. Residents at Chief Seattle Club’s Eagle Village and those housed in emergency COVID-19 housing will also be able to access the vaccine, as supplies allow.

Seattle Indian Health Board is following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that prioritizes healthcare workers and elderly populations.

“Seattle Indian Health Board is excited to begin giving the vaccine to our community,” said Esther Lucero, CEO of Seattle Indian Health Board. “It will be important to get our frontline workers vaccinated first so they can continue to care for our relatives as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise.”

Seattle Indian Health Board has already placed an order to receive more doses, but is unsure when they will arrive.

“We will continue to ask for more vaccines to ensure all eligible relatives have the opportunity to receive it as soon as possible,” Lucero said.

According to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Indians and Alaska Natives test positive for COVID-19 at a rate 3.5 times higher than White populations, and die at a rate 1.8 times higher.

“We are grateful to the tribes nationwide who advocated for Native people to be recognized as a priority population. If it weren’t for them, we would still be waiting,” Lucero said.

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robtfree
robtfree

i fail to understand how staff of these native organizations can be put infront of health workers who actually provide DIRECT care to COVID patients. how staff who sit in offices also are being considered frontline workers. The frontline workers drive ambulance and pick up sick covid patients to hospitals..or provide direct sick paitent care and are in extreme close contact. these are the first that should to get vaccinated. second is nursing home elders then other elders with compromising immune systems. while anyone can be exposed, these organization: wearing masks, cleaning air and surfaces reduce greatly exposure. they do not meet the criteria of the CDC or State guidelines. stretching the definitions by- passes the most venerable to covid..the elderly with compromised immune systems.. if i got it, my chances as an 71 year old with two cancers and asthma, i probably would not survive. while SIHB intentions are good, this strategy is too soon to by pass the elders as priority, to give staff , who by adhering to safe practices, as not in the highest of risks of exposure. i know many native elders who will not be in this inoculation..inoculate the Elders first... and later vaccine batches..the non direct care staffs.

robtfree
robtfree

and of course all the janitors and cleaning personnel who sterile the ICU and facilities are also true frontline workers...i wanted to edit my comment above to include them...but not tech savvy ..

robtfree
robtfree

i have 3 grand-kids and 2 great- grand kids with covid-19. and their parents (my in-laws) another 6 with move severe symptoms. half on the rez and the others in Seattle. we are all at risk...but the older we are the less likely to survive with pre existing immune compromising diseases. maybe i heard them wrong, but i didnt get a call back or more info to get a vaccine...so im very concerned.

robtfree
robtfree

Today i got my covid vaccine shot. i haven't been to the SIHB clinics in a few years. I had to go for cancer treatments at Swedish for last 10 years. I am most surprised at the atmosphere at SIHB!. it is very welcoming with pheasant employees. it must be the new training and professionalism of graduates in health careers hired. As head of the personnel committee at the SIHB Board of Directors a few decades ago, the morale, job descriptions and pay scales where in need of updating. Looks like most of those issues have progressed to new higher standards. Great job SIHB!!!!😉


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