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WZZHC hosts drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination event for patients age 55 and older

Photo caption: Wahzhazhe Health Center staff work to administer the Moderna vaccine to WHC patients, age 55 and older on Jan. 23 at the Osage Nation Civic Center. SHANNON SHAW DUTY/Osage News

The Osage Nation Health Services WahZhaZhe Health Center hosted a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination event for patients age 55 and older on Saturday, Jan. 23 in Pawhuska.

The Moderna vaccine was given to patients at the Osage Nation Civic Center parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Patients were not required to leave their vehicles. According to Dr. Ron Shaw, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of the health center, a total of 80 WZZHC patients were vaccinated at the event.

After receiving the vaccine shot, patients were directed to another area to remain for an observation period of at least 15 minutes before leaving the site.

As of Jan. 27, the WZZHC has administered a total of 829 COVID-19 vaccine shots. The clinic has received shipments of both the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and Moderna. Of the Pfizer vaccine, Shaw said 239 patients have received their first dose, and 80 have received their second dose. Of the Moderna vaccine, 510 patients have received their first dose.

Of the WZZHC patients vaccinated, 578 are over the age of 55. The number of Osage Nation employees that have been vaccinated, 171.

Shaw said the next drive-through vaccination event is in the planning stages.

Individuals who are eligible WZZHC patients are Osages and other Native Americans who have a Certificate Degree of Indian Blood and/or have proof they are members of any federally recognized tribe, according to the clinic. 

All patients getting vaccinated at the drive-through event were required to have an updated active health chart at the WZZHC. Shaw said they are required by the federal government to only administer the vaccine to patients of the health center for data and tracking purposes in exchange for the free vaccine distribution by the federal government to Indian Health Service.

Patients and individuals who need to establish a chart or to update (reactivate) their charts can access the ONHS "New Patient Application" online using the following link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/osagenation-nsn.gov/files/departments/WZZ-Health-Center/2021_0107_ONHS_WZZHC_New_Patient_Application.pdf

For more information, contact the WZZHC’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline at (918) 287-0076 or email: onhs.wzzhc@osagenation-nsn.gov