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Meskwaki Health Services to receive national award for COVID-19 efforts

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Meskwaki Nation COVID vaccines

MESKWAKI NATION, Iowa (KWWL) - The Meskwaki Health Clinic will receive a prestigious national award for their effort during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Indian Health Board will be awarding the Meskwaki Health Clinic on Wednesday with the "Heroes in Health Award." The nation states they are one of a few agencies to receive this award.

The Meskwaki Health Clinic provided more than 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines in their settlement, as well as communities in central Iowa. The Meskwaki Nation states their settlement had a higher vaccination rate than most of the U.S., and were able to remain mostly virus free in the summer.

In April, the Settlement was 71% fully vaccinated. The state of Iowa as of October 4 is 65.9% fully vaccinated.

READ MORE: Meskwaki Nation: 71% of population fully vaccinated, 12% scheduled for second dose 

The Meskwaki Health Clinic purchase a mobile vaccine clinic, which traveled school districts in Des Moines, Newton, Marshalltown and South Tama. They also provided many walk-in clinics in nearby communities for vaccinations.

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