Oyate Health aiming to vaccinate 1,500 tribal members by the end of February

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Over the next two weeks, two tribal healthcare entities – Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board and the Oyate Health Center – will reallocate staff to their 725 N. LaCrosse St. location to begin Phase 2 of vaccine distribution.

Mass distribution of the vaccine began Feb. 16 and will end on Feb. 23. The organizations are aiming to vaccinate 1500 patients by the end of the month.

In a news release, Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board President and CEO Jerilyn Church said, “At this time, we have the opportunity to provide life-saving vaccines to a large number of our community. We want to encourage all of our relatives who use the Oyate Health Center as their care provider to sign up to receive one. For those who have questions about the vaccine or who have hesitancy, we encourage them to access the resources we have made available on our social media pages and our website.”

Phase 2 includes anyone 18 years or older who were not covered in the previous phases. You must be a tribal-citizen to receive the vaccine. To add your name to the waitlist, visit the link here. Those who were covered in previous phases but did not receive their vaccine can still get one by adding their name to the waitlist. Staff will call patients from the waitlist in order to schedule their vaccine appointment.

Anyone needing assistance to fill out the waitlist form can call Oyate Health at (605) 355-2500, (605) 355-2350, or send a message on their Facebook page.

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