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WZZHC expands COVID-19 vaccine availability to all individuals age 18 and older

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Benny Polacca

The Osage Nation Health Services Wah-Zha-Zhe Health Center is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine availability to all Native American and non-Native individuals age 18 and older starting on March 11.

In a statement, the WZZHC announced: “Starting Thursday 3/11/2021 we are offering COVID-19 vaccinations to any person 18 years or older (both Native and Non-Native)” with the vaccine available on weekdays in Pawhuska at the ON Civic Center from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1449 W. Main St.

The COVID-19 vaccine eligibility update comes after the clinic started vaccinating non-Native spouses and household family members on March 8.

Laura Sawney, WZZHC chief compliance and operations officer, said there are no state or Osage County residency restrictions for individuals to be vaccinated at the Civic Center. “We decided to just go for it and go big and open it to everyone. We have a lot of vaccine to administer – we hope the turn out increases and we vaccinate a lot of people!” she said.

To receive a vaccine, the WZZHC states: “Just show up with a photo ID at a convenient time for you. You will NOT have to have an established health chart at our clinic before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.”

The clinic also advises: “We are not able to give 2nd doses to people that got their first dose elsewhere/at a different health facility other than the WZZHC.”

At the vaccination site, the procedure includes: “An estimated timeframe for getting vaccinated at the Civic Center is as follows: 25 minutes with 10 minutes of that dedicated to completing necessary paperwork as well as getting the shot itself followed by the remaining 15 minutes dedicated to nurse observation wait-time.”

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, the WZZHC COVID-19 vaccine hotline can be reached at (918) 287-0076.


Original Publish Date: 2021-03-11 00:00:00

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  • Benny Polacca

    Title: Senior Reporter

    Email: bpolacca@osagenation-nsn.gov

    Instagram: @bpolacca

    Topic Expertise: Government, Tribal Government, Community

    Languages spoken: English, basic knowledge of Spanish and French

    Benny Polacca (Hopi/ Havasupai/ Pima/ Tohono O’odham) started working at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter in Pawhuska, Okla., where he’s covered various stories and events that impact the Osage Nation and Osage people. Those newspaper contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics and issues from tribal government matters to features. As a result, Polacca has gained an immeasurable amount of experience in covering Native American affairs, government issues and features so the Osage readership can be better informed about the tribal current affairs the newspaper covers.

    Polacca is part of the Osage News team that was awarded the Native American Journalists Association's Elias Boudinet Free Press Award in 2014 and has won numerous NAJA media awards, as well as awards from the Oklahoma Press Association and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter, for storytelling coverage and photography.

    Polacca earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and also participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota where he was introduced to the basics of journalism and worked with seasoned journalists there and later at The Forum daily newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. area where he worked as the weeknight reporter.

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Title: Senior Reporter

Email: bpolacca@osagenation-nsn.gov

Instagram: @bpolacca

Topic Expertise: Government, Tribal Government, Community

Languages spoken: English, basic knowledge of Spanish and French

Benny Polacca (Hopi/ Havasupai/ Pima/ Tohono O’odham) started working at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter in Pawhuska, Okla., where he’s covered various stories and events that impact the Osage Nation and Osage people. Those newspaper contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics and issues from tribal government matters to features. As a result, Polacca has gained an immeasurable amount of experience in covering Native American affairs, government issues and features so the Osage readership can be better informed about the tribal current affairs the newspaper covers.

Polacca is part of the Osage News team that was awarded the Native American Journalists Association's Elias Boudinet Free Press Award in 2014 and has won numerous NAJA media awards, as well as awards from the Oklahoma Press Association and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter, for storytelling coverage and photography.

Polacca earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and also participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota where he was introduced to the basics of journalism and worked with seasoned journalists there and later at The Forum daily newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. area where he worked as the weeknight reporter.

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