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Icy roads delay Pfizer second dose vaccinations at Wah-Zha-Zhe Health Center


Shannon Shaw Duty

Photo caption: Wah-Zha-Zhe Health Center patients, age 30 and older, wait to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at a Saturday event held at the Osage Nation Civic Center. OSAGE NEWS

For those Wah-Zha-Zhe Health Center patients scheduled to receive their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week, they will have to wait a little bit longer.

Due to the icy road conditions in Osage County, the WZZHC’s second Pfizer doses are sitting at the Pawnee Indian Health Service awaiting transport.

But not to worry, said Dr. Ron Shaw, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of the WZZHC, there should be no adverse effects for those patients delayed in receiving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine outside the 21-day window.

“The second dose may be given from four days early to three weeks after the 21st day for the Pfizer vaccine. The best data for efficacy is for 21 days,” he said. “We have our second doses of Pfizer available for pick up at Pawnee IHS but poor driving conditions have hampered pick up and transport. I expect we will pick up by tomorrow close of business but (the vaccine) will not be available to administer until Friday and next week.”

Shaw said about 200 patients would not receive their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine this week. However, the WZZHC received 2,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week that are primary doses only, he said.

According to the CDC, both COVID-19 vaccines need two shots to get the most protection. The timing between the first and second shot depends on which vaccine the patient receives. The second shot should be received: 

–       For the Pfizer-BioNTech, three weeks (21 days) after the first shot,

–       For the Moderna, one month (28 days) after the first shot.

The CDC recommends patients should get their second shot as close to the recommended three-week or one-month interval as possible. However, there is no maximum interval between the first and second doses for either vaccine. Patients should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.

On Saturday, the WZZHC hosted its second vaccination event for patients age 30 and older at the Osage Nation Civic Center and inoculated 230 patients.

So far, the WZZHC has administered the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 312 patients, Shaw said. He said 1,000 WZZHC patients have received the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Follow the “Wah-Zha-Zhe Health Center” on Facebook for updates on the COVID-19 vaccinations and other clinic services and information for patients.

Also, the WZZHC COVID-19 vaccination hotline can be reached at (918) 287-0076.

Original Publish Date: 2021-02-10 00:00:00


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Shannon Shaw Duty
Shannon Shaw Duty

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Twitter: @dutyshaw

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Languages spoken: English, Osage (intermediate), Spanish (beginner)

Shannon Shaw Duty, Osage from the Grayhorse District, is the editor of the award-winning Osage News, the official independent media of the Osage Nation. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Legal Studies with an emphasis in Indigenous Peoples Law. She currently sits on the Freedom of Information Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. She has served as a board member for LION Publishers, as Vice President for the Pawhuska Public Schools Board of Education, on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (now Indigenous Journalists Association) and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive NAJA's Elias Boudinot Free Press Award. The Osage News won Best Newspaper from the SPJ-Oklahoma Chapter in their division 2018-2022. Her award-winning work has been published in Indian Country Today, The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity, NPR, the Associated Press, Tulsa World and others. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and together they share six children, two dogs and two cats.

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