Oklahoma County Announces Plans for First 65+ Vaccination Clinic
Oklahoma County is moving into Phase 2 of vaccine distribution and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) will begin vaccinating people age 65 and older on Thursday, with additional vaccination clinics planned this month.
Vaccinations will start at 8 a.m. Thursday at Mercy Hospital, 4300 W. Memorial Rd. with appointments available until 6 p.m. Residents seeking an appointment for Thursday can sign up starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4BABAC2FABF58-vaccination1
The OCCHD expected to let residents make appointments using the state’s statewide scheduling website; however, the state’s scheduler is not ready.
“We are thrilled that our residents are ready to get vaccinated, so we want to let them start making those appointments,” said Dr. Patrick McGough, executive director of OCCHD. “We know this isn’t the robust sign-up system that people were expecting, but we want people to feel assured that they have an appointment and are one step closer to safely seeing their children and grandchildren again.”
To help people age 65 and older get an appointment, people can call 405-425-4889
and someone can walk through filling out the form for them. Bilingual staff are available to help the Spanish-speaking community as well.
People who received another vaccination within two weeks of Jan. 7 need to wait until a later date to get their COVID-19 vaccine. No one should leave quarantine or isolation to get a COVID-19 vaccine as well. Other questions about the vaccine and its availability can be answered at https://www.occhd.org/COVIDform
or by calling their regular doctor.
McGough encouraged residents to be patient as the county moves through Phase 2. Oklahoma City is the 25th largest city in the U.S. and there are 800,000 people in Oklahoma County, making it the most-populated county in the state. Within the county, 14% of residents are age 65 or older. In the Oklahoma City metro, the next largest county population is Cleveland, with 280,000 people.
“With such a large population, it will take us longer than other counties to get through each phase,” said McGough. “We are planning vaccinations and moving through the phases as quickly as vaccine doses are arriving.”
OCCHD is still vaccinating residents in Phase 1 as it moves into Phase 2. Oklahoma County has four major hospital systems, more than a dozen municipal police and fire departments, and thousands of outpatient health and urgent care facilities.
Oklahoma County can only move through the phases as vaccine is available, so other populations in Phase 2 will learn more soon about when they can get vaccinated. There are still no details yet on what defines comorbidities or what documentation – if any -- that people age 18 and older will need to have to get vaccinated.