Several Native American tribes, wanting to boost their vaccination rates, are now offering incentives to get more people vaccinated.

According to the story, by Kristi Eaton for The Daily Yonder, the Muscogee Nation in Oklahoma created a “vaccine portal”, where online applicants will receive $300 if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 31.

The Cherokee Nation recently approved an executive order that will create an incentive program for the tribe’s government employees, and the Blackfeet Nation in Montana will offer $500 to any of their student-aged members who get vaccinated.

As multiple tribes ramp up their incentives, so too will the vaccination rate increase, despite historically having little or limited access to health care.

From the story: “A September 2021 study appearing in BMJ reported that although American Indians and Alaska Natives have many high levels of rates of disease and there have been many barriers to access to health care, they are consistently leading the way among groups for Covid-19 vaccinations. 

On September 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 47.5% of American Indians and Alaska Natives were fully vaccinated. This compared with 41.8% of Asians, 37.8% of white Americans, and 29.9% of African Americans.”

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