Indian Health Service acting director visits Montana tribes to encourage vaccinations

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Dr. Emerson Bull Chief, dean of academics at Little Big Horn College, receives his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Lt. Kelsey Kroon at the IHS Crow/Northern Cheyenne Hospital in Crow Agency in December, 2020.

RYAN BERRY, Billings Gazette MARI HALL And CATHERINE GONDEIRO

More than a million vaccine doses have been administered by the Indian Health Service since vaccines began arriving in mid-December, IHS acting director Elizabeth Fowler said Wednesday during a visit to Montana.

IHS held mass vaccination events in Montana tribal communities, sent public health nurses into homes to provide vaccines, and worked with stakeholders in providing more vaccinators, she said during a press conference at the Indian Family Health Clinic in Great Falls.

During her visit to Montana, Fowler traveled to the Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy reservations, as well as visited with the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana.

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