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Darius Lee Smith receives his second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccine clinic organized by Denver Indian Health and Family Services on March 12, 2021.

Photos by Eli Imadali

The Denver Indian Center on Morrison Road is a place for community events—elder luncheons, classes, pow wows. A year ago, it was closed for gatherings.

That began to change in December, after staff at Denver Indian Health and Family Services drove to Albuquerque, N.M. to pick up the first vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from the Indian Health Center there. Now, every Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., members of Denver’s urban Native community arrive to get vaccinated.

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