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The 65 and older age demographic is now eligible to receive their coronavirus vaccinations, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), which is in Phase 2 of distributing the vaccinations across the state.

As it stands, appointments must be scheduled with OSDH through a tool online known as the vaccination portal and most updates at the county health department level are being sent out to the community online. This concerns many, especially those in the elderly group, as many are uncomfortable navigating or may not have the resources to navigate the internet.

Julie Williamson, public information officer with District 8 of OSDH, which includes Stephens County, said in Pontotoc County, the United Way and Emergency Management coordinated with one another to put together a listing with contact information for those who are homebound, medically fragile or unable to attend events. The listing was created in an effort to help those wanting the vaccine in the community to be able to receive it.

For the next several weeks, the Stephens County Fairgrounds in Duncan will run vaccine clinics from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Seniors are eligible during this time to receive their vaccinations.

The Banner heavily encourages those in the community who are willing and able to make themselves available to help seniors register for their vaccination appointments. According to Williamson, the same email address can be used multiple times to register different people. 

Even a group of volunteers adopting three seniors per person could help a large population in Duncan without the technology or capability to schedule their appointments and receive their vaccines.

As active COVID-19 case numbers rise and the death toll in our county continues to climb, The Banner hopes DunCAN come together to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of each of our citizens.

To view the vaccination portal, visit https://ok-vras.powerappsportals.us/. 

 

-The Duncan Banner

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