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OCCHD to begin vaccinating people 65 and older starting Thursday; heres how to sign up – KOCO Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department announced that the county is moving into phase two of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, meaning it will start vaccinating people 65 and older starting Thursday.Vaccinations will start at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Mercy Hospital, 4300 W. Memorial Road, with appointments available until 6 p.m. OCCHD officials also said additional vaccination clinics are planned for this month.Oklahoma County residents looking to get an appointment for Thursday can sign up starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The website for people to sign up for an appointment, which can be found here, will not be live until 9 a.m. Tuesday.According to a news release, the OCCHD expected to let residents make appointments using Oklahoma’s statewide scheduling website, but it’s not ready.“We are thrilled that our residents are ready to get vaccinated, so we want to let them start making those appointments,” Dr. Patrick McGough, executive director of OCCHD, said in the news release. “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.”People also can call 405-425-4489 to help people 65 and older get an appointment. Health department officials said someone can walk them through filling out the form, and bilingual staff members are available to help the Spanish-speaking community.People who receive another vaccination within two weeks of Jan. 7 need to wait until a later date to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Authorities also said no one should leave the quarantine or isolation to get a COVID-19 vaccine.Other questions about the vaccine and its availability can be found on the OCCHD’s website or by calling a doctor.The OCCHD is still vaccinating residents in phase one as it moves into phase 2, the news release states. 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, officials said. The news release also states that there are still no details yet on what defines comorbidities or what documentation, if any, that people age 18 or older will need to have to get vaccinated.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department announced that the county is moving into phase two of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, meaning it will start vaccinating people 65 and older starting Thursday.

Vaccinations will start at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Mercy Hospital, 4300 W. Memorial Road, with appointments available until 6 p.m. OCCHD officials also said additional vaccination clinics are planned for this month.

Oklahoma County residents looking to get an appointment for Thursday can sign up starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The website for people to sign up for an appointment, which can be found here, will not be live until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

According to a news release, the OCCHD expected to let residents make appointments using Oklahoma’s statewide scheduling website, but it’s not ready.

“We are thrilled that our residents are ready to get vaccinated, so we want to let them start making those appointments,” Dr. Patrick McGough, executive director of OCCHD, said in the news release. “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.”

People also can call 405-425-4489 to help people 65 and older get an appointment. Health department officials said someone can walk them through filling out the form, and bilingual staff members are available to help the Spanish-speaking community.

People who receive another vaccination within two weeks of Jan. 7 need to wait until a later date to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Authorities also said no one should leave the quarantine or isolation to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Other questions about the vaccine and its availability can be found on the OCCHD’s website or by calling a doctor.

The OCCHD is still vaccinating residents in phase one as it moves into phase 2, the news release states. 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, officials said.

The news release also states that there are still no details yet on what defines comorbidities or what documentation, if any, that people age 18 or older will need to have to get vaccinated.

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