Navajo Nation: All government employees must have a booster shot | Arizona News

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has signed an executive order requiring all government employees on the tribe’s vast reservation to be vaccinated.

Nez also said tribal health officials changed the definition of “fully vaccinated” to two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine plus a booster.

The actions come after a record number of COVID cases were reported on the reservation which covers 27,000 square miles and stretches into parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Tribal health officials reported 525 new cases on Friday, the most in a single day since the pandemic began nearly two years ago.

That number topped the 405 cases reported on Thursday.

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Authorities reported 62 cases on Saturday, but said no deaths from the virus had been reported in the past three days.

“Our case numbers have been very high recently, but the number of hospitalizations has not increased and the number of deaths has remained low,” Nez said. “It shows that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective and life saving.”

The Navajo Nation has reported more than 45,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,600 deaths since the pandemic began.

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