Tulsa Health Dept. Opens New Locations For COVID-19 Vaccinations

Monday, April 5th 2021, 4:19 pm

Tulsa County, Oklahoma -

The Tulsa Health Department now has three new locations offering COVID-19 vaccinations.

Tulsa Health Department said the benefits of these changes is that it allows people to choose a location close to them and choose which vaccine they can get.

The three locations are the James Goodwin Health Center, Central Regional Health Center, and North Regional Health and Wellness Center.

For some Tulsans, the new locations is saving them a trip to another city for the vaccine. 

“Well the first time we had to drive to Claremore. And we live over by the expo center so we was going to try to get it over at the expo center, but it was over here. It’s still a whole lot closer than going to Claremore," said Jim Skelton. 

Jim and Kathy Skelton said it was a breeze to log online, schedule an appointment, and go to the Broken Arrow locations for the vaccine. 

“For the Tulsa Health Department really a pretty healthy response in that people are still filling up those appointments, scheduling those appointments, and wanting the service," said Ellen Niemitalo.

Niemitalo is Tulsa Health Department's Manager of Clinic Services. She said the appointments at the three clinics are going quickly and they're vaccinating about 1,700 to 1,800 people per day. She said when they start to see the demand decrease, they might be able to offer walk-in services.

“The other thing we have to still be mindful of in those times of covid is we want to be able to control the flow a bit. We don’t want a whole lot of people lined up outside the building. Especially if the weather is getting bad and when people would not be able to maintain their social distancing," said Niemitalo.

Jim and Kathy Skelton said they are just thankful for the convenience of offering three locations. 

“There was a couple others that were open, but this was the closest one to us," said Jim Skelton.

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