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AAIP COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Initiative

Our fight against Covid-19

AAIP is pleased to partner with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Vaccines are safe, effective, widely available and free. Contact your local Indian Health Service Clinic, pharmacy or doctor to schedule your COVID-19 or booster vaccine.

Protect your tribal culture, protect your elders, protect your family and protect yourself. Once you are fully vaccinated and following COVID -19 guidelines you can once again engage in Tribal activities you had to stop because of the pandemic.

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Vaccines for Children and Pregnant Women

AAIP strongly encourages vaccinations for children and teens ages 5 to 17 and for pregnant women.

Why will you get vaccinated?

Our mission is to improve and protect the health of indigenous cultures, that’s why we’re encouraging all AI/ANs to get vaccinated. The expansion of COVID-19 means tribal citizens should prioritize their communities’ health and their own health. We did it for our family, friends, community, and culture. 

Increasing vaccination rates is one way to ensure our tribal cultures survive and are preserved for future generations.

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The Top 10 COVID-19 Vaccination Myths

There are a lot of common misconceptions about COVID-19 and the vaccination. With all of the new data and updates from the CDC, we want to help keep you informed on the facts and current guidelines. Here are the answers to the top 10 COVID-19 myths about the vaccination.


Increased risks among American Indians and Alaska Natives:
times more likely to contract
COVID-19 than white persons
times more likely to be hospitalized
with COVID-19 than white persons
times more likely to die from
COVID-19 than white persons
* Source: ’CDC’ Risk for COVID 19 Infection, Hospitalization and Death by Race and Ethnicity updated Nov 22 2021

Vaccination rates** among American
Indians and Alaska Natives:

fully vaccinated
at least one dose

** Source: Indian Health Service Nov 22 2021.


  • More than 3 million doses of COVID 19 vaccine have be administered to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  • Serious health problems as a result of COVID-19 vaccines are extremely rare and benefits significantly outweigh any risks.

General vaccine effectiveness stats:

  • Unvaccinated people are over 10 times more likely to be hospitalized after contracting COVID-19 than people who have been vaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die of the virus.
  • The three available U.S. vaccines – Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson – were on average 86 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 hospitalizations and 82 percent effective at preventing visits to the emergency room or urgent care.

Learn why the COVID-19 vaccine is important for tribal cultures.

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