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WZZHC hosting second COVID-19 vaccination event for patients age 30 and older

The Osage Nation Health Services Wah-Zha-Zhe Health Center is hosting a second COVID-19 vaccine event on Saturday, Feb. 6 for clinic patients age 30 and older in Pawhuska.

Healthcare providers will be inoculating the vaccine shots from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ON Civic Center at 1449 W. Main St. Due to potential rain in the forecast, the vaccinations will be given inside the Civic Center versus the outdoor drive-through format during the first one held in January.

COVID-19 precautions will be required in the Civic Center, including masks worn by all. 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 WZZHC.

“Due to potential inclement weather we have moved the drive-thru to occur inside of the ON Civic Center,” The WZZHC announced on Feb. 5 via social media. “Rest assured there will be plenty of WZZHC Staff available to assist and direct our patients coming to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Masks must be worn inside and only the person getting vaccinated will be allowed inside to limit the number of people inside the Civic Center.”

The first drive-through vaccination event targeted patients age 55 and older, but WZZHC officials have said the clinic’s vaccination distribution plan (targeting elders, long-term care patients and essential government employees in the first phase) is subject to change depending on distribution shipments and vaccination allocations.

According to the event format, patients will pre-register upon entering the Civic Center parking lot at a designated station. Patients will then wait in their vehicles and staff will notify patients when to enter the building for healthcare providers to give the vaccination.

There will be four stations with chairs spaced out as part of COVID-19 precautions inside the Civic Center and after receiving their shot, patients must remain at the site for an observation period of at least 15 minutes. “We are diligently practicing physically distancing which will be clearly marked and ask everyone to please limit their socializing so we can get people in and out as quickly as possible,” the clinic said.

WZZHC 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 and questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine:

- Call the WZZHC COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline: (918) 287-0076

- Email: onhs.wzzhc@osagenation-nsn.gov