September 18, 2021

Native People On Tribal Lands Have Higher Vaccination Rates Than Those In Cities — And It’s All About Messaging

People of color in Utah are less likely to have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine than white Utahns. This gap has existed since vaccinations started in December, and it’s only widened since.
Less than a third of eligible Native Americans in Utah are fully vaccinated according to the Utah Department of Health, but in comparison, 60% of white Utahns are fully vaccinated.
Maurice “Mo” Smith, the executive director for the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake and a member of the Navajo Nation, said his organi