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Arizona Native Americans Report High Rates Of COVID-19 Vaccinations

Arizona’s Native American population has been hit disproportionately hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Native Americans make up about 5% of Arizona’s population but at least 8% of the state’s deaths from the virus.

But since vaccines started rolling out across the state, Native Americans have been getting vaccinated at higher rates than the general population.

Agnes Attakai is a member of the Navajo Nation and is director of Health Disparities Outreach & Prevention Education at the University of Arizona’s Zuckerman College of Public Health.

The Show spoke with Attakai to learn about how vaccinations are being received.

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Katherine Davis-Young is a senior field correspondent. She has produced work for NPR, New England Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, PRI's The World, Washington Post, Reuters and more.She has a master’s degree in radio journalism from the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.She lives in central Phoenix with her husband, two daughters, and ill-behaved cat and dog. Her side-passions include photography, crosswords and hot sauce.