Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, satellite offices, and health centers will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25. Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital urgent care and emergency department as well as other Cherokee Nation emergency services will remain open.

Health Services

Any member of the public, 5 years and older, regardless of where they live, is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Walk-ins are welcome at any of the tribe’s outpatient health centers from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Call 539-234-4099 to schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 Vaccine

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why wasn’t mRNA technology used sooner?

Funding is a barrier to scientific research, and mRNA studies previously lacked the money necessary to continue. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic sparked global collaboration between top scientists and sharing of data and information. This scientific advancement and the urgency brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic allowed for the COVID-19 vaccine to receive Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

What is an EUA?

  • An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the United States is an authorization granted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). An EUA uses an alternative evaluation process to quickly make medicines and vaccines available during public health emergencies. If a drug or vaccine passes evaluation, it’s granted an EUA.
  • The FDA decision is based on all of the scientific evidence available showing that the product may be effective to prevent illnesses like COVID-19 and that the known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product. FDA may issue an EUA when certain criteria are met, which includes that there are no adequate, approved, available alternatives.
  • After FDA authorizes a vaccine for emergency use, it continues to be studied to determine how well it works under real-world conditions. Having an EUA means that the vaccine is available for emergency use only, outside of a research study but is not yet officially approved. This is the usual first step for a new vaccine. The vaccine can continue to be used as long as people benefit from it. The research continues as it moves toward full approval.

How can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Walk-ins are welcome at any of the tribe’s outpatient health centers from 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.

For appointments call 1-539-234-4099.

Can the COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?

No. The vaccine does not affect the DNA of a human cell and does not alter the DNA sequence of a human body.