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Navajo Nation COVID-19 Vaccine

Navajo Nation COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The Navajo Health Command Operations Center under the Navajo Department of Health is leading the Navajo Nation’s COVID-19 vaccination planning and implementation in close collaboration with the Indian Health Services and tribal health organizations.

Navajo Nation will only use COVID-19 vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), these COVID-19 vaccines include the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Both COVID-19 vaccine will require two doses per person, separated by 21 to 28 days. Both shots must be taken to be effective.

The Navajo Nation will vaccinate priority populations before vaccinating the general public as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Receiving the vaccine is voluntary.

Vaccinations will not be available to everyone right away, and vaccines may not be available to the general public until mid-2021.

The vaccine will be distributed in the following phases:

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Total Doses Distributed


Total Doses Administered


Total Number of People Fully Vaccinated

Last Updated: April 7, 2021

Overall COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Administration – Includes both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines

*Reporting does not include UNHS, Tohajilee, Alamo, or Ramah facilities

PHASE 1: Limited Doses Available
  • Priority populations
  • Vaccine administered in closed
PHASE 2: Large Number of Doses Available
  • Enough supply of vaccine to meet demand
  • Readily available
  • Available to general population
  • Available through commercial and private organizations
  • Vaccine available through public health sites
PHASE 3: Continued Routine Vaccination
  • Routine access to public
  • Available through commercial and private organizations
  • Vaccine available through public health sites where required

COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule

Last Updated: April 6, 2021

Canoncito Health Center Population Date/Time
Main Campus Pfizer: 16+
Moderna: 18+
Appointments Only
(505) 908-2307
Chinle Service Unit Population Date/Time
Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility 16+
2nd doses of Pfizer/ 1st dose of Pfizer Reserved for 16 yrs old
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility 18+ Modern
2nd doses of Pfizer/ 1st dose of Pfizer Reserved for 16 yrs old
April 10, 2021 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Pinon Health Center 18+ Moderna Vaccine
16+ 2nd doses of Pfizer/ 1st dose of Pfizer Reserved for 16 yrs old
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tsaile Health Center 18+
Moderna vaccines
16+ old
1st doses of Pfizer
Monday – Friday
Appointment only
(928) 724-3639
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Crownpoint Service Unit Population Date/Time
Crownpoint Healthcare Facility Eligible priority groups
Appointments Only (505) 786-6270
April 9 8:30 a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Crownpoint Healthcare Facility 2nd dose of Pfizer (for individuals who received 1st vaccine on 3/17, 3/20)
April 8 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Becenti Chapter 18+
1st dose of Moderna
April 5 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Baca Chapter
(Partnering with Haystack, Bluewater, Coolidge, Thoreau)
1st dose of Moderna
April 6 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Casamero Lake Chapter
(Partnering with Little Water and Heart Butte)
1st dose of Moderna
April 15 10 :00 am - 1:00 pm
Until doses are depleted.
Lake Valley Chapter (Partnering with White Rock) 18+
1st dose of Moderna
April 13 10 :00 am - 1:00 pm
Until doses are depleted.
Pueblo Pintado Clinic By appointment only (505) 655-3254
Standing Rock Chapter
(Partnering with Dalton Pass)
1st dose of Moderna
April 15 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thoreau Clinic By appointment only - call (505) 862-8761
White Horse Lake Chapter 18+
1st dose of Moderna
April 7 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Gallup Service Unit Population Date/Time
Main Campus Internal Medicine Clinic 16+
COVID-19 vaccines
Monday - Friday
By appointments Only, call 505-722- 1753
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pinedale Chapter 18+
Single dose Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine for all priority groups and individuals
April 8 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tohatchi Health Center Drive-Thru 18+
COVID-19 vaccines
Mon. & Thurs.
Appointments only (505) 733- 8403.
8:45 am - 2:15 pm
Tsayatoh Chapter 18+
Single dose Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine
April 6 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
University of New Mexico (UNM) Gallup Campus – Gymnasium All priority groups
& 16+ 1st dose Pfizer
16 & 17 years, need to be accompanied by parent or legal guardian
April 7 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
April 8
2nd dose Pfizer (For those who had first dose on 3/17/21) 16 & 17 years, need to be accompanied by parent or legal guardian
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kayenta Service Unit Population Date/Time
Kayenta Health Center 16+
2nd doses of Pfizer
Tues. & Thurs.
Appointments only 928-697- 5170
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Chilchinbeto Chapter Drive-Thru 18+
Single dose Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine
April 06 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kayenta Health Center Ages 16+,
and all priority groups.
1st & 2nd doses of Pfizer/ single dose Johnson & Johnson Janssen
(16/17 yrs old require parent/guardian present)
April 10 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Inscription House Health Center 18+
1st & 2nd doses of Moderna
April 8, 2021
Appointments only- call (928) 672-3093/ 3094
8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Shiprock Service Unit Population Date/Time
Northern Navajo Medical Center Pharmacy curbside services 16+
1st & 2nd doses of Pfizer & Moderna for active Shiprock SU patients,
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle Health Center 18+ old
1st & 2nd doses of Moderna
for active Shiprock SU patients
Tues., Thurs. 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Appointments Only (505) 960-7819
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Four Corners Regional Health Center 18+
1st & 2nd doses of Moderna
By appointment only call 928-656-5400
Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Shiprock High School 16+
1st & 2nd doses for active Shiprock SU patients
April 7 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
April 10 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Upper Fruitland Chapter 16+
1st & 2nd doses for active Shiprock SU patients
April 8 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Sage Memorial Hospital Population Date/Time
Main Campus Clinic Appointments
Mon. – Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tséhootsooí Service Unit - Mobile Unit Population Date Time
TMC Comprehensive COVID clinic April 5 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
TMC-Parking lot Ages 16+
1st & 2nd doses of Pfizer & Moderna.
(16/17 yrs old require parent/guardian present
April 10-11 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m
TMC Comprehensive COVID clinic April 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Crystal Mobile Health clinic April 6 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Red Lake Mobile Health clinic April 8 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuba City Regional Health Care Population Date/Time
Sacred Peaks Health Center, Flagstaff, AZ Drive-Thru 16+
Pfizer vaccine
April 10 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.(MST)
Dinnebito 16+
Pfizer vaccine
April 9 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (DST)
Moencopi Legacy Inn 2nd dose event
(For individuals who received 1st dose 3/16)
April 6 Appointments only-Full
Tonalea Chapter 2nd dose event
(For individuals who received 1st dose 3/17)
April 7 Appointments only
Winslow Indian Health Care Center Population Date Time
Main Campus Vaccine appointments
Must have a record at WIHCC
Monday - Friday
Appointments Only
(928) 289-1930
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. MST
When will the vaccine be available on Navajo?
  • Navajo Nation has received the first doses of the vaccine, but the supply is limited
  • The Nation expects to get more shipments over the coming weeks and months
What should I do until it is available?
• Wear a mask • Avoid crowds
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick • Wash hands often
• Stay 6 feet away from others • Use hand sanitizer
Why should I get vaccinated?
  • Helps protect you from getting COVID-19
  • Prevents severe illness if you get COVID-19
  • Helps protect people around you from getting COVID-19
  • Protects older adults 65 years old and older
  • Protects people who are high-risk for severe illness
Is the vaccine safe?
  • Vaccine trials go through a carefully monitored process to make sure they are safe for everyone
  • The vaccine won’t give you COVID-19
  • The vaccine doesn’t have the virus that causes COVID-19
  • Sometimes getting the COVID-19 vaccine can cause symptoms. This is normal, because your body is building up immunity
Who is going to be vaccinated first?
• Health care workers and long-term facilities • Frontline workers and first
• Older adults aged 65 and older • Spiritual leaders
• People who are high-risk for severe illness • Essential workers and businesses
Will I need more than one dose of the vaccine?
  • Yes. There are 2 doses given 3 to 4 weeks apart for maximum protection
  • Both doses must be taken for the vaccine to effectively protect you

Pre-vaccination: what to know as you are making your decision

What are the side effects of the vaccine?
Many people report temporary side effects such as soreness at the injection site, headache, fatigue, body aches, chills or low-grade fever. These typically resolve within 1-2 days. There tend to be more side effects after the second dose. People over 55 years of age have fewer side effects.
Are there long-term side effects of the vaccine?
Clinical trials began in May 2020 and no serious safety concerns have been identified. The vaccine material degrades quickly in the body, so long-term side effects are very unlikely.
I don’t usually get the flu vaccine so why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
COVID-19 causes more severe disease than the flu (on average, 19% of COVID-19 patients are hospitalized compared to 2% of flu patients). Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to prevent disease. It is also recommended to receive the flu vaccine (if it is flu season) to prevent becoming sick with both COVID-19 and flu at the same time.
Will mRNA vaccines change my genes?
No, mRNA isn’t the same as DNA, and it can’t combine with our DNA to change our genetic code. It is also relatively fragile and remains in cells for less than 72 hours before being degraded.
Will the vaccine make people sterile?
No. This vaccine - nor any other vaccine currently in use – is not capable of causing sterility or harming the reproductive health of individuals.
Do the vaccines contain the COVID-19 virus?
No. Neither the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine nor the Moderna vaccine contain any parts of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. They only contain instructions for making one of the key proteins (the spike protein) that is on the outside of the virus.
Why not take my chances with COVID-19?
COVID-19 is by far the more dangerous option. Although people who are older, obese or have other health problems are at highest risk for complications from COVID-19, younger people can become severely ill, too. As many as one in three people who recover from COVID have chronic complaints, including exhaustion, a racing heart and worse months afterward. COVID vaccines, in contrast, carry little known risk. Whether or not someone gets vaccinated, it will be important for everyone to continue to do all of the other recommended interventions, like wearing masks, social / physical distancing and hand washing.
Will children get the vaccine?
Right now, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is authorized for people 16 years and older and the Moderna vaccine is authorized for use in people 18 years and older. Studies are ongoing to understand how the vaccine works in younger children. Until those data are available, the vaccine will not be given to children under 16 years old
Will the vaccine be effective for the new strains of COVID-19 that have been identified?
All viruses undergo small changes over time. The same is true for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Some of these changes have resulted in the virus being more contagious. The preliminary studies suggest that the vaccines available on Navajo Nation provide good protection against the UK variant but that protection may be lower against the South Africa variant.

The keys to preventing development of new variants and widespread transmission of variants will be to achieve high levels of vaccine coverage as quickly as possible and to remain vigilant with protective behaviors like wearing masks, avoiding indoor gatherings with people outside our immediate households, and avoiding close contact in group settings.

Post-vaccination: getting your second dose and post-vaccination precautions

Are people protected after the first dose of vaccine?
A single dose can provide partial protection (~50%) starting around two weeks after the dose. A person is not considered fully protected until one week following the second dose.
If a vaccinated person develops symptoms of COVID-19, do they need to get tested?
Yes. The vaccine works very well but it is not 100% effective (only 95%). If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please get tested as soon as possible.
If someone was exposed to the virus after getting the 1st dose, would that affect getting the 2nd dose?
COVID-19 exposure after the first dose does not affect an individual’s ability to get the second dose. An exposed individual needs to have completed the quarantine period following exposure, prior to coming to clinic for the 2nd dose.
What happens if someone is given one of each vaccine for the COVID-19?
People should receive the same brand (either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna) for both their first and second doses. If different brands are inadvertently given, no additional doses of either vaccine are recommended at this time
Do people still have to wear masks and practice social distancing after being vaccinated?
Yes, for now. We still need to do our part, continue to wear masks in public and stay socially distanced until most of our community members have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and until the COVID-19 rates in our community are low.

Getting vaccinated: eligibility, side effects & considerations once you have decided to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Is vaccination voluntary?
Yes, receiving the vaccine is voluntary.
What are the phases of vaccination on Navajo Nation?
The Navajo Nation will vaccinate priority populations before the general public as recommended by the CDC. The Phases for Navajo Nation are available on the NDOH website: See Phase
If someone had COVID-19 and recovered, do they still need to get a COVID-19 vaccine
Yes, COVID-19 vaccination should be offered to eligible people regardless of past COVID-19 infection. Vaccination should be deferred until after a person has completed the isolation period and has recovered (at least 14 days after infection). People who have recently had COVID-19 appear to be protected from re-infection for at least 3 months. The risk of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection is low in the months after initial infection but may increase with time due to waning immunity. Thus, while vaccine supply remains limited, persons with recent SARS-CoV-2 infection may choose to temporarily delay vaccination until after a 90-day period, if desired, recognizing that the risk of reinfection, and therefore the need for vaccination, may increase with time following initial infection
Is it okay to get vaccinated while I’m waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test or if I am in quarantine because of a close contact?
No. If you have been tested for COVID-19, please wait for the test results before coming in for vaccination. If you have been recommended to quarantine because you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, please complete your quarantine period before coming in for vaccination.
If someone has a history of allergic reactions, can they get the vaccine?
It is safe for people with seasonal, pet or food allergies to get the vaccine. Although rare, anaphylactic reactions have been reported following vaccination with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (around 6 cases per million doses). Individuals who have a history of anaphylaxis (other than to vaccines/injectable therapy) can be receive the COVID-19 vaccine in a clinic setting where they can be monitored for 30 minutes after the injection. People should NOT receive the mRNA vaccine if they have:
  • Severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or any of its components
  • Immediate allergic reaction of any severity to a previous dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or any of its components (including polyethylene glycol [PEG])*
  • Immediate allergic reaction of any severity to polysorbate
Is the vaccine recommended for individuals with autoimmune disorders OR HIV infection OR who take drugs that affect the immune system?
Data are not currently available to establish safety and efficacy of the vaccines in these groups. However, such individuals are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 disease. These individuals may still receive COVID-19 vaccine unless otherwise contraindicated.
Do patients with diabetes need to modify their insulin shots prior to vaccination?
Patients with diabetes should continue to take their medications (including insulin shots) as prescribed prior to receiving the vaccine. No changes in medication regimen are required.
Can people choose which vaccine they want to get?
Navajo Nation will only use COVID-19 vaccines that the FDA has authorized as safe and effective. At this point, vaccine supply is very limited and therefore choice is limited.
Do people need to be tested for COVID-19 before they get the vaccine?
No, you do not have to be tested for COVID-19 before you get this vaccine. People who are currently ill with COVID-like symptoms or who are in isolation or quarantine should contact their provider to schedule an appropriate time for vaccination
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