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Federal community coronavirus vaccine center opens in Tulsa

April 22, 2021 GMT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal center providing coronavirus vaccinations to anyone aged 16 or older opened Wednesday in Tulsa, offering up to 3,000 vaccinations each Tuesday through Sunday for the next eight weeks.

The center is operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with state and local agencies at Tulsa Community College in northeastern Tulsa. Tulsa Health Department Director Bruce Dart said it is hoped the location will provide vaccinations to underserved residents that include Blacks and Hispanics in north Tulsa.

The center provides the Pfizer vaccine that is approved for anyone 16 or older. Those aged 16 and 17 must have a parent or guardian present to receive the vaccine.

More than 2.5 million vaccinations have been administered in Oklahoma, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.

Totals of 445,963 virus cases and 8,189 deaths, based on data provided to the federal Centers for Disease Control, are reported in the state since the pandemic began, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

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This story was first published on April 21. It was updated on April 22 to correct that the community vaccination center in Tulsa will operate from Tuesday through Sunday, not Tuesday through Saturday.