Native Americans embrace the COVID-19 vaccine and coronavirus containment measures

Joyce Dugan did not hesitate before sitting down inside the Cherokee Indian Hospital for her second and final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “I’m proud of our hospital,” the 72-year-old former tribal chief said as a nurse quietly prepped her arm. “I’m proud that we’re able to get these shots.”

While mistrust of the vaccine has been a problem in minority communities across the United States, the opposite is true for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, a Native American tribe of…

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