A photo illustration of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

The Sycuan Casino Resort is hosting a free and voluntary vaccination event for all Sycuan team members on Saturday, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is not open to the public.

Approximately 1,776 team members will be eligible to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine if all team members participate.

The Indian Health Service has worked closely with Sycuan to provide more than 2,140 Pfizer and 2,000 Moderna vaccines for use on the tribal reservation. 

Over the past several weeks, Sycuan has allocated the vaccines by priority group based on recommendations by the CDC.

During the initial rollout, Sycuan administered vaccines to the those in the highest risk category which included tribal elders and members, Sycuan Tribal Police Department, Sycuan Fire Department, EMTs, security officers, medical and dental staff and Sycuan Education Department teachers and staff.

Sycuan has administered approximately 552 Pfizer and 528 Moderna vaccines to a variety of other groups including tribal members from Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, around 40 teachers from the Alpine Union School District, around 20 teachers from the Dehesa School District and about 550 teachers from Cajon Valley School District. Sycuan is also partnering with other tribal nations to help get vaccines to those most in need.

All Sycuan team members including those that work at the casino, tribal departments and Singing Hills Golf Resort are next in line to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Saturday and the second dose in the coming weeks.

The event will be at the Sycuan Loading Docks (Behind Sycuan Casino Resort), 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon.

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