Spokane Tribe receives FDA approved Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Moderna COVID-19

Spokane Tribe receives FDA approved Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Moderna COVID-19

Wellpinit, WA – On December 17, 2020 the FDA approved the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. Spokane Tribal Council was notified by the David C. Wynecoop Memorial Clinic Acting CEO, Teressa Martinez that the clinic is an approved site to receive the Moderna Vaccine, and expects delivery of the first 100 doses as early as December 21, 2020. The first doses are designated to be administered to healthcare personnel and essential first responders. The ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) will release guidance on the next tiers of essential workers and patients to vaccinate, which is expected this weekend. It is likely the first tiers will include essential personnel who maintain the safety and basic needs on the Spokane Indian Reservation and high risk individuals 65 years and older.

The tribe will work closely with the DCWMC and utilize all forms of communication to alert individuals as quickly as possible when vaccine eligibility is met. It is recommended that you contact your primary care provider, or the clinic COVID Contact Tracing staff at 258-4517 if you have questions about receiving the vaccine.

Your best protection from COVID-19 will be a combination of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands often. No one tool alone is going to stop the pandemic. Learn about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination so you’ll be ready when a vaccine is recommended: https://www.cdc.gov/…/about-vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html