The Oklahoma State Department of Health is partnering with IMMY Labs and OU Health Services to administer 10,000 prime doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, which would make it the largest single-day vaccination event in the state.
The event is the first so-called “Mega POD” event in Oklahoma and will use doses from District 6 of OSDH, which includes counties surrounding Oklahoma County, and IMMY Labs.
“We’re not at the point where we have inventory where we can do this (a Mega POD) on a sustainable, regular basis,” said Sara King, a spokesperson for District 6. “This is an effort where we’re taking IMMY’s allotment, and our allotment and really trying to pull those resources together.”
The event was entirely booked about 90 minutes after registration opened on IMMY’s website. J.T. Harrison, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at IMMY Labs said 15,000 people were on the site after the sign-up period started, causing the site to crash temporarily.
King said they partnered with IMMY Labs for this event partly because of its proven efficiency in previous vaccination clinics, which have previously inoculated as many as about 5,000 people in a single day.
“Our average time from when somebody came in the building and got checked in and when they were in the seat getting their vaccine was under 5 minutes,” Harrison said.
About 2,000 of Monday’s spots were reserved for teachers and support staff, King said. Another portion was saved for people 65 years old and older who have been waiting for a spot. The rest were open to all eligible groups, the most recent being any Oklahoman with a comorbidity.
Snow and dangerously cold temperatures prompted OSDH, IMMY Labs and other groups to postpone vaccination clinics this week. King said those will still be held next week following the Mega POD.