By Terry Tang
The Associated Press 

Navajo Nation exceeds urban neighbors in vaccination rate


Mihio Manus/The Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund

This poster provided by the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund shows four-time PGA Tour winner Notah Begay III encouraging tribal members to get vaccinated. Arizona is the only state where rural vaccine rates outpaced more populated counties, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

PHOENIX (AP) - Mary Francis had no qualms about being a poster child for COVID-19 vaccinations on the Navajo Nation, once a virus hot spot. The Navajo woman's face and words grace a digital flyer asking people on the Native American reservation to get vaccinated "to protect the shidine'e (my people)."

"I was happy to put the information out there and just building that awareness and in having folks feel comfortable enough, or curious enough, to read the material," said Francis, who lives in Page, Arizona, near the Utah border, and manages care packages and vaccine drives for a Navajo and Ho...

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