Winter Weather Halts Some Vaccination PODs


Monday, February 8th 2021, 10:22 pm
By: Erica Rankin


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Some Oklahoma residents were unable to get COVID vaccines Monday due to the winter weather conditions. The state department of health said appointments will be rescheduled at the local level, but timing for those will vary.

All eyes have and will be on the weather as IMMY Labs, pandemic vaccine providers and local county health departments prepare to hold vaccination PODS through the week.

"This isn't our first rodeo with having to do things on the fly with Oklahoma weather,” said Sean Bauman, the CEO of IMMY Labs.

Bauman said it has been all hands-on deck for them ahead of Tuesday where they're hoping to vaccinate 4,300 people.

“We are working with the city manager to make sure that the roads are salted around Embassy Suites and the parking lot,” said Bauman.

Due to inclement weather Monday the state department of health said some vaccination PODS either didn't operate at all or they had to stop early. Most of those were in Payne, Kay, Noble, Pawnee, and Osage Counties.

OSDH officials said decisions made Monday came from the local level based on conditions in a specific area.

If your appointment was cancelled the state's deputy commissioner of health, Keith Reed said, "In cases where cancellations are necessary, we will manually reschedule the individuals impacted in order to ensure they are taken care of as soon as possible."

OSDH mentioned to be on the lookout for an email or text message to reschedule for your vaccine.

Vaccinations are also being held at Mercy through Saturday. They have partnered with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department and have installed large tents there to keep people protected from the weather.

For information on vaccinations at IMMY Labs you can visit, https://portal.immylabs.com/vaccine.

For information on vaccines through OCCHD and Mercy you can visit, www.vaxokc.com.