Choctaw Nation Moves Forward with COVID-19 Vaccine for more Tribal Members

DURANT, Okla. January 25, 2021 – The Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority is moving forward with its plan to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to more tribal members. Beginning January 25, 2021, the third tier will be eligible to make an appointment for vaccination.

Tier 3 eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Certified Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) cardholders 40 years of age or older (and their household members who have a CDIB card)
  • Bring your CDIB card with you
  • Must be a current CNHSA patient

Individuals who were eligible in the first two tiers continue to be offered appointments to receive the vaccine. These include: Choctaw and other CDIB elders (age 60+), teachers and healthcare workers who are CDIB cardholders with proof of employment (a school badge or paystub).

"Due to limited vaccine supply, we are focused on initially providing the vaccine to CDIB cardholders," explains Todd Hallmark, Executive Officer of Health. "We understand the need for non-cardholders to get their vaccination and encourage families to watch the Oklahoma State guidelines for more information."

In addition to the clinics, the Diabetes Wellness Center (DWC) in Talihina will begin offering the vaccine to their eligible patients during scheduled appointment times beginning January 26, 2021. "Being able to offer the COVID-19 vaccination to our diabetes patients during their visits to the DWC will bring an additional level of comfort and convenience to a vulnerable population," says Tamela Cannady, Director of Preventive Health.

To make an appointment, call 800.349.7026 extension 6. For more information, including frequently asked questions, please visit choctawnation.com/covid-19. For information on Oklahoma State Department of Health guidelines, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

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About The Choctaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with more than 200,000 tribal members and 10,000-plus associates. This ancient people has an oral tradition dating back over 13,000 years. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, its historic reservation boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, covering 10,923 square miles. The Choctaw Nation's vision, "Living out the Chahta Spirit of faith, family and culture," is evident as it continues to focus on providing opportunities for growth and prosperity. For more information about the Choctaw Nation, its culture, heritage and traditions, please go to www.choctawnation.com.