On Thursday, the Oklahoma State University Stillwater campus opens its COVID-19 vaccine pod to the public for the first time. OSU officials said they expect up to 2,000 people to come through the arena to get their single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The university’s “vaccine pod” in the Gallagher Iba Arena has been open to all students, employees and employee’s families for weeks, but now it is opening its vaccine doses to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday.
OSU has partnered with IMMY Labs and the Payne County Health Department to provide the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to anyone who wants it in an easy one-stop-shop. All participants have to pre-register online to get an appointment, you cannot just walk in.
“This is an exciting and unique opportunity for community members to attend a vaccine event at Gallagher-Iba Arena,” said OSU University Health Services Director Chris Barlow. “We appreciate our partners at IMMY Labs and the Payne County Health Department for their support and resources in making the event happen. As a land-grant institution, our focus is on serving our regional community and we encourage all eligible community members who have not yet received a vaccine to sign up.”
When you arrive, signs will direct you to parking locations. All you need to bring is a government-issued ID.
OSU Media Director Monica Roberts said they are thrilled to help tackle the COVID crisis with this event.
“Since the whole pandemic started, OSU has sort of been a leader for the state and this is just another way as a land grant university to offer a service to the community,” Roberts said.” It makes it even better that it’s the one dose, people won’t have to come back for a follow up so it’s simple.”
Roberts told News On 6, they still have around 400 appointments left for people to claim. Click Here to sign up for an appointment.