C19 Vaccine Opening 4
C19 Vaccine Opening 4

SRMT Health Services Receives Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

Dec 21, 2020

VACCINE DAY! – 280 days since the State of Emergency was declared for the Akwesasne community, the first 200 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine arrived this morning at Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services. More will arrive in the coming months, but the first shipment of the vaccine provides a vital tool in combating the coronavirus, as it is 94.1% effective at preventing COVID-19 symptoms from developing.

“My appreciation goes out to the Indian Health Service in facilitating the distribution of this historic vaccine. I wish we could start tomorrow but we’ve got some plans to put into place first,” stated SMRT Health Services Director Michael Cook.

In accordance with CDC’s recommended guidelines, the initial shipment of the vaccine will be voluntarily administered to frontline healthcare workers, tribal police officers, and other frontline personnel as soon as early-January. It will require a second dose to be administered 28-days afterwards.

“We are fortunate to be getting these vaccines, literally hot of the presses. I thank Moderna and Indian Health Service for working together. I would encourage everyone to consider getting the vaccine,” urged SRMT Clinical Director Dr. Benson Kelly.

More shipments of Moderna are expected in the coming months, with public vaccinations to start in April or May. Until then, Health Services encourages its clients to begin educating themselves on the vaccine by visiting the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s website at www.cdc.gov.

In closing, SRMT Pharmacy Supervisor Joan Westcott added, “This is our chance to win the fight against COVID-19.”

{CAPTION: Pictured are SRMT Clinical Director Dr. Benson Kelly and Pharmacy Supervisor Joan Westcott opening the first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. Dec. 21, 2020]