Oglala Sioux Tribe reaches 30% vaccinated, to offer financial incentive to encourage shots in arms
RAPID CITY, S.D. — As the United States hits its goal of 70 percent vaccinations among those eligible, the Oglala Sioux Tribe is still working to get shots in arms.
President Kevin Killer says about 31 percent of the tribe is vaccinated. He says Vice President Alicia Mousseau’s office is leading the charge in spreading PSA’s preventing misinformation and encouraging members to get the vaccine.
With an uptick in cases lately, the tribe is offering a $500 reward to reservation residents who are vaccinated.
“We’re protecting our elders, protecting our young people and this is a really important thing because you people under the age of 12 cannot get the vaccine so in a way, you’re protecting your young people and your elders by getting vaccinated,” said Killer.
Each district on the reservation is running point for the applications and disbursement.
As of August 3, two additional people have tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the active number of cases to seven. OST identifies 36 people as close contacts.
In last week, active cases have fluctuated between seven and 12.