USA TODAY International Edition
Phoenix: Arizona is the only state where rural vaccine rates have outpaced more populated counties, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health experts believe the trend was mainly fueled by Native Americans – a group that lost a disproportionate number of lives to COVID- 19. Holly Van Lew, co- leader of a federal Indian Health Service task force rolling out vaccines, credits Navajo Nation officials with emphasizing a message of selflessness. “It really comes from a different perspective. Instead of ‘ You should get your COVID- 19 vaccines too,’ ( it’s) ‘ We should all as community members protect each other,’ ” said Lew, a clinical pharmacist at Phoenix Indian Medical Center.