Free Immunizations In Green Country

Tuesday, March 4th 2008, 8:28 pm
By: News On 6

Free immunizations for children in Green Country are available in March. The Oklahoma Caring Vans are traveling around town to make it easier for kids to get their shots required by Oklahoma law.

"All you have to have is your child's current shot record and be with a legal parent or guardian and have them fill out the paperwork and our nurses contracted with the Tulsa City Health Department and she gives them the shots and stamps and updates their record," said Tina Pyeatt with the Oklahoma Caring Van.

The shots are given on a first come, first serve basis. There are two traveling clinics in Tulsa making life a little more convenient for busy parents. Since the program first began in 1994, more than 100,000 immunizations have been given statewide.

The Program is administered through the Oklahoma Caring Foundation which is a non-profit organization established by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma.

These care vans are a main reason that Immunization rates in Oklahoma rose to 25th place in the nation in 2006 compared to 44th place in 2005.

The vans are staffed by registered nurses. All you have to do is pull up, fill out a short form, and you're ready to go. I was ready to get my flu shot in less than five minutes.

The vans made their first stop today at the Burch Place Apartments, but have four more stops scheduled for Green Country.

March 11   Community Action Head Start       1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
                 509 W. Houston, Broken Arrow

March 12   Hominy Elementary                      10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
                 200 S. Pettit Street, Hominy

March 28   Caney Valley Schools                   10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
                 401 W. Main, Ochelata

March 31   Eagletown Schools                       11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
                 101 School Street, Eagletown