Healthcare workers in the Muscogee Creek Nation will receive their first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.
First responders and Creek Nation elders will get the vaccine once healthcare workers receive their first doses. Other tribal citizens and the general public will also get the vaccine once more doses are available.
The Creek Nation Department of Health received their first shipment of vaccines on Wednesday and according to officials, the first person to receive the shot in the Creek Nation will be Dr. Kathryn Zachary, a clinical director in Sapulpa.
Dr. Billy Beets, Chief Medical Officer for Creek Nation Health Systems, said the vaccines went out to a variety of clinical sites in Sapulpa, Okmulgee, Eufala and Okemah.
According to Beets, some of the frontline workers told him getting the vaccine is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Dr. Beets said they will be administering the vaccine mainly on Thursday and Friday.