Letter to the editor: Federal success
To the editor:
I want to publicly thank the Trump administration for beginning the initiative to have batches of COVID-19 vaccine sent to federal health care facilities such as the VA and Indian Health Clinics. This practice has been continued by the Biden administration and I thank them equally for this noble act. Indigenous Americans of all ages have suffered death from COVID-19 at higher rates than other populations. I am grateful our national leadership understood the need to provide for the veterans of our nation alongside our Indigenous peoples. Veterans stood up to serve our nation in peace and war. The unique stories of our Indigenous brothers and sisters need to be preserved alongside the stories of our veterans.
These two federal health care organizations have used their patient databases to reach out and inform people of an opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Indigenous American population is at higher risk and has been vaccinated accordingly. Without Indigenous peoples there is no America. Using the VA system to help assist vaccinating our nation’s veterans was a great idea. I encourage everyone to applaud these federally funded and federally run health care facilities and workers in contacting, scheduling, and vaccinating our brothers and sisters who are valuable to us all. This practice began under the Trump administration and continues under the Biden administration. I say thank you to both. So the last shall be first, and the first last.