Wagoner County Vaccinates Hundreds In Walk-In Event Due To Surplus Of Doses

Monday, March 8th 2021, 9:15 pm

COWETA, Okla. -

A church in Coweta opened its doors for walk-in vaccinations Monday, but supplies did not last long.

The Wagoner County Health Department said this is the first time it's done something like this, but because Oklahoma is moving into a new vaccination phase, it's also likely the last.

More than 200 people came to the Coweta Assembly of God church to get vaccinated after the health department announced it had extra COVID-19 vaccination doses.

Kaitlan Thatcher with the Health Department said the vaccines were about to expire and the extra doses were due to a lack of signups.

"We still had quite a bit leftover, so we decided to just go for walk-in and see how it went," Thatcher said.

She said the online portal, normally reserved for people in a specific phase, wasn't filling up. To make sure each dose was used, the county made the vaccines available for everybody - first come, first serve.

"We've got plenty of supply, it's getting people to sign up through the portal that's the hard part. We need them to sign up and get that appointment," Thatcher said.

She said ideally this will be the last time walk-ins are necessary.

"This may very well have been a one-time deal. Hopefully with phase three opening this won't happen again," Thatcher said. "Most people will be able to schedule through the portal just fine."

She said opening vaccinations to phase three means more people will have the opportunity to sign up - which hopefully means a lot less vaccine doses left untaken.

"There are a ton of opportunities out there to schedule your appointment, it's just getting in the portal and getting that done," Thatcher said.

The best way to get vaccinated is still to sign up online through the portal. Visit the state vaccination portal here and follow the steps to register for vaccines in Oklahoma.