Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Tribal Epidemiology Center
There is a dangerous misconception that the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is not as effective as other vaccines and that American Indian/Alaska people shouldn’t get it. That would be a deadly mistake – one that would almost certainly increase the rates of hospitalization and death among communities that have already suffered devastating loss from the virus.
One out of every 475 American Indians and Alaska AI/ANs has died from COVID-19 in the last year and AI/AN people have the highest COVID-19 case rate, hospitalization rate and death rate in the United States. Quick and extensive COVID-19 vaccination is necessary to slow the spread of the virus and end the pandemic.