Health Services

Any member of the public, regardless of where they live, is now eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at any of the tribe’s outpatient health centers.
Call 1-539-234-4099 to schedule an appointment for vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccine

For more Frequently asked questions visit. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is getting the COVID-19 vaccine important?

COVID-19 is a "novel" (new) coronavirus, so our bodies do not have antibodies to recognize and defend against this new virus. COVID-19 spreads quickly and significant numbers of people can become seriously ill or lose their life due to COVID infection. Getting vaccinated will slow down and prevent the spread of infection. This will help keep hospitals such as Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital from being overwhelmed, and it will save lives.

What can I expect when getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses given approximately 21 days apart. While onsite for your first appointment, you can choose the date and time for your second appointment.
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is requires two doses given approximately 28 days apart. While onsite for your first appointment, you can choose the date and time for your second appointment.

What studies have been conducted on mRNA technology?

Scientists have been studying mRNA vaccines for decades. Early stage clinical trials using mRNA vaccines have been carried out for influenza, Zika, rabies, and cytomegalovirus (CMV). Recent technological advancements in RNA biology and chemistry, as well as delivery systems, have reduced previous challenges associated with mRNA vaccines and improved their stability, safety, and effectiveness.

How will the COVID-19 vaccine interact with my medications?

The vast majority of prescription medications will work normally after a COVID-19 vaccine and the medications won’t diminish the effectiveness of the vaccine. There are exceptions and the group of medications called immunosuppressant’s may reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine. If you’re unsure or have questions about your medication(s) possible interaction with the vaccine contact your medical provider.

Can the COVID-19 vaccine affect a woman’s fertility?

The COVID-19 vaccine will not affect fertility. Confusion arose when a false report surfaced on social media, comparing the spike protein found in the COVID-19 vaccine to a protein in a woman’s body, saying it would affect a woman's fertility. The COVID virus spike protein is different and distinct from the suspected protein in a woman’s body, and getting the COVID-19 vaccine will not affect the fertility of women who are seeking to become pregnant, including through in vitro fertilization methods. Testing of the COVID-19 vaccine proves this myth is false.

Why do I still need to wear a mask after getting vaccinated?

We know COVID vaccines work extremely well to prevent moderate to severe illness, even death, in most people but there are lingering questions about our ability to spread infection after being vaccinated. For this reason, health experts continue to recommend we wear masks and social distance even if we’ve been vaccinated. We should have an answer to this question soon.

What is in the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are a combination of mRNA, fats, salts, and sugar.

Pfizer Ingredients List:

  • mRNA
  • lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3- phosphocholine, and cholesterol)
  • potassium chloride
  • monobasic potassium phosphate
  • sodium chloride
  • dibasic sodium phosphate dehydrate
  • sucrose

Moderna Ingredients List:

  • mRNA
  • lipids (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC])
  • tromethamine
  • tromethamine hydrochloride
  • acetic acid
  • sodium acetate
  • sucrose