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Wah-Zha-Zhe Health Center working on COVID-19 vaccine scheduling app

Soon, patients of the Wah-Zha-Zhe Health Center will be able to schedule their COVID-19 vaccination appointment via an app.

According to Dr. Ron Shaw, CEO and WHC Chief Medical Officer, a scheduling app is in the works and should be ready by the end of the month. To schedule a vaccine at the WHC, call the COVID hotline at (918) 287-0028.

“We have received a total of 430 doses of vaccine and administered 195 doses with more vaccinations scheduled through Friday,” Shaw said on Jan. 6.

The health center is currently administering vaccines by both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Of the two vaccines, Shaw said he does not have a preference and has not seen any noticeable differences between the two vaccines.

WHC patients who are 65 years of age and older residing within Osage County are being prioritized and are receiving vaccines. The health center is “highly dependent” on its vaccine allocation from the Indian Health Service, said Shaw, which was set in October when the health center submitted their planning numbers for the number of vaccines needed.

The health center is still in its first tier of patients scheduled to receive the vaccine and will most likely remain so until February, he said. Tier one of the vaccination plan included ON healthcare workers, elders 65 years of age and older, and ON essential employees.

Phase two will be in early spring and will treat most of the patients of the clinic, he said. Phase three will be in late spring, early summer and will treat the rest of the population. Currently, the health center has around 5,800 patients and about 50 percent of those are Osage tribal members.

Cases of the COVID-19 virus continue to rise in Osage County, with Osages posting on social media their experiences of having the virus. Exacerbating the problem is the lack of hospital beds in the area, with reports of patients being transported to Kansas or Missouri to seek care.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health launched its COVID-19 vaccine scheduler portal Jan. 6 and is ready for pre-registration. Oklahomans can visit the portal at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov, and appointment scheduling will be available Jan. 7, officials said. Oklahomans can enter their personal information to determine their eligibility to receive the vaccine within Oklahoma’s priority phase plan and receive notifications when the vaccine is available to them.

To schedule a vaccination at the WHC, or if you have questions about the process, please contact the Wah-Zha-Zhe Health Center’s COVID hotline at (918) 287-0028.

COVID Update: Active cases in the Osage community as of Jan. 6, 2021

According to the OSDH, Osage County has a total of 364 active cases, 2,864 recoveries and 27 deaths. 

The OSDH provides free COVID-19 testing at 80 locations throughout Oklahoma. An interactive map of testing sites can be found by clicking here.

The News has pulled data to reflect the situation of the virus spread in Osage County towns and surrounding cities, such as Tulsa, Ponca City and Bartlesville. 

Confirmed active cases by City
Tulsa – 2,981                                                                          

Owasso – 475
Ponca City – 406                    
Bartlesville – 241
Skiatook – 119
Pawhuska – 58
Cleveland – 46
Sperry – 39
Fairfax – 27
Hominy – 24
Barnsdall – 15 

To view more data for the state of Oklahoma, visit: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/