FEMA to open coronavirus vaccination center in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The White House and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday that a mega coronavirus vaccination center will open in north Tulsa, offering up to 21,000 shots per week.
The center will be operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with state and local emergency and health officials plus the Oklahoma National Guard. It will open April 21 at Tulsa Community College and focus on to communities with a high risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection.
Vaccination appointments are available via the state health department’s portal and walk-ins will also be accepted.
“This site is another step toward ensuring all individuals who want a COVID-19 vaccine have access to one,” FEMA Region 6 Regional Administrator Tony Robinson said in a statement.
Friday’s announcement comes as the vaccination campaign in the U.S. marches steadily on and as Biden administration says it is on schedule to meet the president’s new goal of distributing 200 million vaccine doses during his first 100 days in office.
Large vaccination sites have opened previously in other states at football stadiums, major league ballparks, fairgrounds and convention centers.
The Tulsa center will provide up to 3,000 vaccinations daily for eight weeks and is the only one planned in Oklahoma, according to FEMA spokesperson Laura Lefebvre. The doses are in addition to the state’s weekly dosage allotment.
The Oklahoma-based Muscogee (Creek) Nation also announced Friday it plans to use two mobile health units to help inoculate people in rural and underserved areas of the state. The tribal nation will give shots to its own citizens and anyone else who is eligible.
The federal Centers for Disease Control reports more than 3 million doses have been sent to the state and that about 2.2 million Oklahomans have received at lease one vaccination.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Friday reported 442,805 total virus cases and 8,033 deaths, increases of 416 cases and 10 more deaths since Thursday.