OKC-County Health Dept. Planning To Expand Campus


Friday, January 15th 2021, 8:30 am
By: Caleb Califano


OKLAHOMA CITY -

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department has chosen a developer for a multi-million dollar expansion to its campus. The expansion includes a new site for drive-thru testing and vaccinations.

The department said its $4.5 million expansion will happen in two phases with a 7,000-square foot drive-thru facility. The drive-thru facility is expected to be completed in July.

This will be primarily used for vaccinations and COVID-19 testing.

OCCHD Director Dr. Patrick McGough said the drive-thru will be a gamechanger once construction is finished.

"We will still be trying to get vaccines out to people, so it will have exponential impact as well," Dr. McGough said.

The second half of construction will be a 25,000-square foot warehouse.

On the federal level, Oklahoma is expected to start seeing more COVID-19 vaccine doses available in the coming weeks.

The state's COVID-19 shot supply could nearly double.

This would coincide with the Trump administration’s announcement this week that the federal government will begin releasing all available vaccines.

Until now, the second doses have been held back to make sure everyone who receives the first shot would have access to their second one.