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WZZHC administers 6,700-plus COVID-19 vaccinations as of April 26

As of late April, the Osage Nation Health Services Wah-Zha-Zhe Health Center reports a total of 6,747 COVID-19 vaccine shots administered to the general public.

The WZZHC issued an April 26 vaccine update noting the 6,747 shots were administered to 4,006 individuals who opted to receive the vaccine from clinic vaccine events or vaccination hours at the ON Civic Center in Pawhuska.

The update comes as the COVID-19 vaccines are now available to all individuals age 16 and older in the United States as of April 19. The revised and expanded vaccine eligibility guidelines also come as usage of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine underwent a temporary pause in the US for further investigation.

On April 13, health officials "recommended a ‘pause' in use of the (Johnson & Johnson vaccine) to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots,” the Associated Press reported.

The AP also reported: “The federal government uncovered 15 vaccine recipients who developed a highly unusual kind of blood clot out of nearly 8 million people given the J&J shot. All were women, most under age 50. Three died, and seven remain hospitalized. After an 11-day pause, “federal health officials decided that J&J’s one-and-done vaccine is critical to fight the pandemic — and that the small clot risk could be handled with warnings to help younger women decide if they should use that shot or an alternative,” according to the AP.

In the meantime, the WZZHC is offering the two-shot Moderna vaccine to individuals age 18 and older as authorized by the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization. The clinic also receives limited supplies of the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine available to individuals age 16 and older and announces on social media whenever available.

The WZZHC’s April 26 report notes:

-        A total of 300 individuals have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine shot when a limited supply was available.

-        A total of 3,706 individuals have received their first shots (Moderna or Pfizer) from the WZZHC.

-        A total of 2,741 individuals have received both doses of the vaccine.

March is the busiest month thus far for the WZZHC in administering the vaccines. A total of 2,865 vaccines were administered. A total of 1,753 received their first Moderna shot and 812 received their second Moderna shot. Also, 300 people received the limited Johnson & Johnson shot that month.

A total of 1,288 vaccines have been issued April 1-26 through the WZZHC. A total of 1,142 individuals received their second Moderna shot. A total of 122 received their first Moderna shot. Twenty-three people received their first Pfizer shot and one person received a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

The WZZHC is offering the COVID-19 vaccine at the Civic Center located at 1449 W. Main St. In Pawhuska on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is needed for individuals (Osage, Native American and non-Native) to receive the vaccine at the Civic Center. Individuals will need to provide photo identification to receive the shot.

Follow the “Wah-Zha-Zhe Health Center” on Facebook for updates on the COVID-19 vaccine and other clinic services or contact the WZZHC COVID-19 vaccine hotline at (918) 287-0076 with questions or for more information.