CTUIR schedules rapid response COVID-19 vaccine clinic to 12-18 year olds

MISSION – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) have scheduled a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination clinic to serve 12-18 year olds who are CTUIR tribal members and/or Yellowhawk eligible patients. The clinic will take place Saturday, May 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center.

People can call 541-240-8733 to make an appointment for Saturday. Due to increased volume, callers may get a recording and are asked to leave their name and contact number so that schedulers can return calls.

“The virus is spreading among our youth and we need to respond immediately,” said Lisa Guzman, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center CEO. “We want our students to be able to go to graduation, prom and continue with sports. Now that 12-15 year olds are eligible we want to deliver the vaccine to them as soon as possible.”

There will be a drive-through only option for students who are in quarantine due to exposure to someone who is positive. Yellowhawk will schedule a second vaccination event on June 5 to provide second doses to the 12-18 year olds.

Community members are encouraged to continue to follow safety protocols by washing hands frequently, socially distancing and avoiding large gatherings.

The ceded territory of the CTUIR encompasses the 6.4 million acres upon which the Walla Walla, Umatilla, and Cayuse people relinquished sole occupancy and use rights in the Treaty of 1855 with the United States. The CTUIR reserved other use and access rights for hunting, fishing, gathering, and traditional purposes throughout the ceded territory.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is the Public Health Authority for the Umatilla Indian Reservation.