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Volunteers sought for statewide COVID-19 vaccination effort


Shannon Shaw Duty

The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps is seeking medical and non-medical volunteers to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts at more than 50 points of vaccine locations statewide.

“This is a huge, unprecedented effort to vaccinate the majority of our population of nearly 4 million Oklahomans. We need as much help as we can get from our community to make it possible,” said Lezlie Carter, state coordinator for the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps in a prepared release. “When you become a volunteer with the OKMRC, you join hundreds of other citizens involved in the safety, security, health, and well-being in their communities who are ready to make a difference when help is needed most.”

Any Oklahoma resident or individual employed in Oklahoma can apply to be part of the OKMRC. Many members have medical training, but others have no special training prior to joining.

OKMRC volunteers help with major emergencies, disasters involving injury or disease. They assist large numbers of people when full-time emergency response personnel are overwhelmed. Volunteers can provide help to medical and health personnel shortages.

According to the release, possible roles for volunteers include: vaccinator, form review, registration, traffic control, runners, assisting the elderly, sanitizing, and other duties as needed. Background checks are conducted on all volunteer applications.  

COVID-19 Update

According to Jan. 20 published data by the OK State Department of Health, 452 Oklahomans have died from COVID-19 in the past two weeks. Cases are on the rise as Oklahomans are urged to follow CDC guidelines of wearing facial coverings, persistent hand washing and social distancing.

Confirmed active cases by City

Tulsa – 3,416
Owasso – 403
Ponca City – 341
Bartlesville – 284
Skiatook – 137
Sperry – 50
Cleveland – 49
Pawhuska – 45
Hominy – 28
Barnsdall – 22
Fairfax – 17                                                                                        

Deaths by City
Tulsa – 332

Bartlesville – 56
Ponca City – 30
Owasso – 25
Skiatook – 8                                                               
Cleveland – 8
Pawhuska – 7
Barnsdall – 4
Hominy – 2
Sperry – 2
Fairfax – 1                         

Oklahoma Total Cases by Race
White – 56.81%

Unknown – 22.83%
American Indian or Alaska Native – 9.82%
Black or African American – 5.39%
Multiple Races/Other – 3.32%
Asian or Pacific Islander alone – 1.83%

Oklahoma Total Cases by Age Group
18-35               31.55%

36-49               21.69%
50-64               19.52%
65+                  14.67%
05-17               10.69%
00-04               1.87%
UNK                 0.01%

For additional information, or to apply, please visit

For more information about COVID-19 and vaccination efforts in Oklahoma, visit


Original Publish Date: 2021-01-20 00:00:00


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Shannon Shaw Duty
Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from the OU College of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) from 2013-2016 and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee from 2017-2020. 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 (NCAIED). In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award, NAJA’s highest honor. An Osage tribal member, she and her family are from the Grayhorse District. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and six children.

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