5,500 vaccine appointments available in Oklahoma County for Friday, Saturday
5,500 vaccine appointments available in Oklahoma County for Friday, Saturday
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is partnering with Mercy Health System to offer 5,500 vaccine appointments to Oklahomans over 65 on Friday and Saturday, the health department announced.
Vaccines will be given by appointment from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Meinders Neuroscience Institute, 4120 West Memorial Road in Oklahoma City.
Appointments are available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for the same location.
Eligible residents can sign up for an appointment on the OCCHD vaccine website, vaxokc.com. Those appointment slots will not appear in the state’s scheduling portal, according to the city-county health department.
Integris and SSM St. Anthony will also provide 700 more doses to residents in the current vaccination phase this week, the health department announced. Those appointments will be loaded into the state vaccine portal once they are finalized.
The city-county health department said in a news release that this week’s appointments will be the last opportunities reserved specifically for those in the current vaccination phase.
“If you know anyone age 65 or older who has not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, please encourage them to get an appointment this week,” chief administrative officer of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City David Argueta said in a news release. “Please reach out to your friends and family or even offer to help a neighbor in need of a tech-savvy friend to help them register.”
Anyone who signs up for an appointment and is not eligible for the current vaccination phase will be turned away. No walk-ins will be accepted.
Beginning Monday, Oklahoma educators and school staff members for pre-K through 12th grade, as well as Oklahomans with comorbidities who are under 65, will be added to the list of those eligible to be vaccinated.
Walmart, Sam's Club pharmacies to begin offering COVID-19 vaccines in Oklahoma
More than 40 Walmart and Sam's Club stores in Oklahoma will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines starting Friday, Feb. 12.
State health leaders announced last week that some doses would start to be allocated to local pharmacies in an attempt to vaccinate more Oklahomans.
Keith Reed, Oklahoma's deputy commissioner of health, praised the companies for stepping up to help administer vaccines.
“In Oklahoma, partnerships like this will be crucial to the continued success of our vaccine rollout," he said in a news release. "This public-private partnership helps the Oklahoma State Department of Health continue to meet a core tenet of our vaccine plan: to ensure equitable distribution of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine.
A list of participating Walmart and Sam's Club locations in Oklahoma can be found here. Vaccine availability will depend on the state's supply.
Vaccine appointments are currently limited to first responders, health care workers and Oklahomans age 65 and older.
Local health department launches website to schedule COVID-19 vaccines
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department has launched a website for Oklahomans to schedule local COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
www.vaxokc.com will serve as an alternative to the state's vaccine scheduling portal, vaccinate.oklahoma.gov. The local health department's website will serve as a "one-stop shop" for all current and future vaccine appointments in Oklahoma County.
The City-County Health Department will continue to post links to vaccine appointments as they become available. When appointments are available, the website will take Oklahomans to a Sign Up Genius form where they will input their personal information.
COVID-19 vaccines are currently limited to those in priority groups, namely to Oklahomans who are age 65 or older.
5,600 COVID-19 vaccine slots available in Oklahoma County this weekend
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is partnering with Mercy Health System to vaccinate roughly 5,600 people this Friday and Saturday.
Unlike most COVID-19 vaccine appointments, these appointments will not be made through the state's vaccination portal.
Vaccinations will be offered from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Mercy Meinders Neuroscience Institute, 4120 W. Memorial Road in Oklahoma City.
Vaccinations will be offered from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at the same location.
Appointments are required and vaccines are limited to those in priority groups, namely to Oklahomans who are age 65 or older.
The Friday vaccination clinic is full, but a link a link to book Saturday appointments will become available on the Oklahoma City-County Health Department's Facebook page at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3.
City health officials said they expect the two-day vaccine clinic will be the largest yet in Oklahoma County.
What to know about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Oklahoma
Oklahoma is in the process of distributing COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna to specific populations across the state. The state has received multiple shipments of the vaccines, both of which received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Oklahoma's first vaccines were reserved for front-line health care workers helping COVID-19 patients, first responders, employees and residents at nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Oklahoma is still vaccinating residents in phase one of the state's four-phased vaccination plan, but also began vaccinating people in phase two in early January.
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Oklahoma launches vaccine scheduling portal
The Oklahoma State Department of Health has launched an online scheduling website for Oklahomans to schedule their COVID-19 vaccines.
The website, vaccinate.oklahoma.gov, is open for Oklahomans to pre-register. Residents will not be able to use the website to schedule vaccination appointments until 8 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 7). Even then, appointments will be limited to health care workers, first responders and residents ages 65 or older.
The website asks for some personal information to determine at what point a person will become eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. If you are not currently eligible to be vaccinated or if there are no appointments available in your area, pre-registering through the website will allow you to be notified by email when you are eligible to schedule an appointment.
Oklahoma is expected to receive 46,300 first vaccine doses from the federal government next week to vaccinate health care workers, first responders and residents 65+.
Oklahoma County vaccine clinic full
OCCHD scheduling vaccinations for those 65 and older
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department announced Monday evening it would be conducting a vaccine distribution site on Thursday (Jan. 7) for those 65 and older.
OCCHD posted a vaccine scheduling tool on its website Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. The sign up was full within the hour.
There will be a COVID-19 vaccine POD site this Thursday, January 7 for individuals aged 65 and up & will be by appointment only. Please stay tuned for more details.Posted by OKC-County Health Department on Monday, January 4, 2021
As of Jan. 9, Oklahoma has administered 94,701 prime doses and 4,672 boost doses for a total of 99,373 COVID-19 vaccines administered, according to information from the Oklahoma State Department of Health that is updated weekly.
The state reports 221,100 prime and 42,900 boost vaccine doses have been allocated.
See where you fit into Oklahoma's vaccination plan.
How will the COVID-19 vaccine be distributed in Oklahoma?
The state has a distribution plan that state officials have described as fluid.
The plan was complete in October, but state officials have since updated the plan to include K-12 teachers, schools support staff and Oklahomans of any age with serious underlying medical conditions in phase two. State officials also added CVS and Walgreens employees that will help inoculate residents in long-term care facilities to phase one.
The vaccine will not be available to the public until 2021, and is not expected to widely available until the springtime.
County health departments throughout the state are constantly releasing more information about when vaccines will be available to certain groups. Some counties have already started offering the vaccine to residents who are age 65 or older.
An emergency room nurse in Oklahoma City was the first Oklahoman to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Read more about the first vaccinations in Oklahoma here: 'A historic day': First COVID-19 vaccines administered in Oklahoma
Health professionals in Oklahoma and across the country have said the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe, according to safety and efficacy data released during the clinical trial phases. Both vaccines are about 95% effective and require two doses, spaced several weeks apart.
“This notion that this process of clinical trials and drug development has been sped up is absolutely false," said Carlos Blanco, CEO of the Lynn Institute that helped conduct clinical trials in Oklahoma and Colorado for the vaccines. "These trials have been conducted like any other clinical trial. There has been no pressure to cut corners or do anything but collect data of the highest integrity.”
What should I do while I wait to get vaccinated?
Oklahoma health professionals recommend everyone continue taking COVID-19 precautions in the meantime. Those precautions include wearing a mask in public settings, washing your hands and keeping your distance from others.
Health professionals recommend people continue wearing masks even after receiving a vaccine because people may still be able to transmit the virus to others.
COVID-19 vaccinations are free and voluntary.
This page will be updated as The Oklahoman receives more details about the state's vaccine rollout. If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, email reporter Carmen Forman at firstname.lastname@example.org.