Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Begins Distribution of Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine to Frontline Workers 

MASHANTUCKET, CT (December 28, 2020) – Today, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation kicked off its distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations with the Fire Department team members receiving the Moderna vaccine. The tribal nation is focused on vaccinating the entire Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods Resort Casino family, beginning with first responders and those at the most risk. Following today’s vaccinations, the tribal nation will continue its vaccine distribution with the Police Department, Tribal Elders, Tribal Council, Tribal Community and Foxwoods Resort Casino team members in the coming weeks and months.

“It is a historic – and hopeful – time for us as a tribal nation,” said. Dr. Setu Vora, Chief Medical Officer, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. “We know there is a lot of work ahead of us, and we have to earn and maintain trust in science and the vaccine. One way to help is to share our experiences with the vaccine with our friends and family, so that we can vaccinate with confidence. We look forward to many more immunization events throughout the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods Resort Casino community – as we continue to fight COVID-19.”

“Today we took the first steps on the path to a brighter future, as we partnered with the Connecticut Department of Public Health to secure and administer our first round of COVID-19 vaccinations,” said Chairman Rodney Butler, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. “It has been a collaborative effort between our exceptional health team at Mashantucket and the Department of Public Health for testing, tracing, and now for vaccines. In addition to our swift response at the beginning of this pandemic and incredibly strict protocols throughout, this is another step in making sure we do our part to keep our community and broader region safe.”

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods Resort Casino continue to hold team member, guest and tribal community safety as the highest priority. The resort continues to see positive feedback and adherence on its extensive safety measures, including temperature checks, mandatory face masks, plexiglass installations and 24/7 sanitization of the property. Foxwoods has also maintained limiting the number of guests to 25% of the resort’s total capacity in order to allow for proper social distancing while on property.

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About Foxwoods Resort Casino

As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods Resort Casino offers guests a premier destination resort experience throughout its six world-class casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels featuring over 2,200 rooms; dining options for all tastes; luxurious spas; award-winning golf; state-of-the-art theaters; Tanger Outlet Mall; conference space for groups of all sizes; and free online casino games at There is always something new at Foxwoods, most recently the arrival of Foxwoods Extreme Adventures. Adventure knows no limit as guests can zipline or race around on a European-style indoor karting track. Foxwoods Resort Casino truly is The Wonder Of It All, providing a personalized and exciting escape for everyone. Foxwoods, opened in 1992, is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a detailed look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit

About the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

The Mashantucket (Western) Pequot Tribal Nation is a federally recognized Indian tribe located at one of America’s oldest Indian reservations, Mashantucket, in Southeastern Connecticut.  As pioneers of the Indian Gaming casino industry, the history of the Mashantucket Pequots reveals one of America’s greatest come-back stories, featured at the Tribe’s world renowned Mashantucket Pequot Museum. Today, the Tribe owns and operates one of the largest Integrated Resort Casino destinations in North America, Foxwoods Resort Casino, along with a variety of complementary businesses including a world-class golf course, luxury spa, Pequot Pharmaceutical Network, andPequot Plus Health Benefit Services.  As one of Connecticut’s highest revenue contributors and largest employers, the Mashantucket Pequots have provided the state more than $4 billion in slot revenue through a first-of-its-kind agreement, established in 1993.  Likewise, the Tribe has contributed hundreds of millions in donations and sponsorships for the benefit of communities and tribes in need, locally and throughout the U.S.