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Health department giving COVID-19 vaccinations in Osage County

Robert Smith
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Osage County commissioners voted Monday, Jan. 4, to authorize health department use of the Agriculture Building at the fairgrounds every Tuesday through March 31 to administer COVID-19 vaccinations.

Jerry Roberts, director of Emergency Management for the county, said shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, that vaccinations were being given that day at the Ag Building for some 200 police officers, firefighters, ambulance workers, and county and state workers.

The vaccine being given was the Moderna vaccine, he said. 

Roberts said COVID-19 vaccinations had previously been administered at a few ambulance services in the county. That didn't take place all at the same time, he clarified.

"Everything is going pretty good," Roberts said of the vaccine administration that was taking place Jan. 5. There had been no adverse reactions, he said that morning. By the end of the day, 201 people were vaccinated at Pawhuska, he said.

"They won't be there every Tuesday, but we had to book it that way," Roberts said regarding the health department's use of the Ag Building to give vaccine inoculations.

Roberts said there were plans for the health department to inoculate as many as a couple hundred first-responders on Friday, Jan. 8, at the Skiatook Senior Citizens Center. The whole process of getting vaccinated and back out the door takes about 30 minutes, he said. Roberts said Sunday that 213 people were vaccinated Friday in Skiatook.

The next vaccination events are scheduled for Jan. 15 in Skiatook and Jan. 19 in Pawhuska, he said. The locations for those events are the First Baptist Church campus at Oak and Lombard in Skiatook, and the Ag Building at the county fairgrounds in Pawhuska, he said. People 65 and older are the target population for those events, Roberts said.

"I''m just glad people are coming out to get vaccinated," Roberts said. For further details, contact the Osage County Health Department at 918-287-3740.

As of Sunday, Jan. 10, the Oklahoma State Department of Health showed Osage County has had 3,470 cases of COVID-19, as well as 31 deaths from the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. There were 2,971 persons in the county who had recovered from COVID-19.

State statistics for municipalities showed 419 cases for Pawhuska, five deaths, and 321 recoveries. The numbers for Barnsdall were 186 cases, four deaths and 153 recoveries.

To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination, go to vaccinate.oklahoma.gov.