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Navajo Nation issues vaccine mandate for tribal workers

Navajo Nation
Posted at 5:20 PM, Aug 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-22 20:20:00-04

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — All Navajo Nation executive branch employees will need to be fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 by the end of September or face regular testing.

Tribal President President Jonathan Nez announced the new rules on Sunday. They apply to full, part-time and temporary employees, including those working for tribal enterprises like utilities, shopping centers and casinos.

The tribe reported just 30 news cases on Sunday and no new deaths.

It has been hard hit by the virus and tallied 32,252 COVID-19 cases and 1,397 deaths.