Friday, the Tulsa Health Department gave 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines to people 65 and older who signed up for an appointment through the state's portal.
About 100 of those vaccines were given to teachers and bus drivers over the age of 65. Sara Lee Hains has been waiting to get an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine for more than a week.
“I’ve gone in every day you know and tried to get the appointment to no avail because they said there were no available records," said Hains.
She was contacted on Wednesday about getting the vaccine on Friday. Hains is one of a thousand people getting the shot Friday, all people over the age of 65, including some who work at schools.
“Any step that we can go forward and help keep our kids in class, we’re going to try to do that. Today is a big step in helping out because it’s our bus drivers, it’s our teachers, it’s our child nutrition workers that are 65 and over and that helps us stay open," said Kerwin Koerner.
Kerwin Koerner is the Owasso Assistant Superintendent. He said the health department is giving the vaccine to school district staff from Owasso, Skiatook, Sperry, Rejoice, and Collinsville who are 65 and older.
“They are guaranteed to get a spot today and that’s a benefit to us and a benefit to us continuing out operations trying to keep schools in and we look forward to the day that we can get all of our teachers vaccinated, but today is certainly a step in the right direction," said Koerner.
The Tulsa Health Department is asking people to show up 30 minutes before their appointment. Hains said she's glad to have the vaccine and for her, the process only took about 20 minutes.
“I need to protect myself and those around me That’s the most important thing,” said Hains.
People who got the vaccine today will need to get the second dose in 28 days. Tulsa Health Department said you won’t need to make an appointment, you can just show up at the location where you got the vaccine to get the second shot.