By Conrad Dudderar
Nearly one-third of Canadian County citizens have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
And almost half of the county’s senior population have gotten their full series.
As communities in Canadian County and across Oklahoma move toward “herd immunity”, a county health official shared positive news this week about vaccinations.
Maggie Jackson, community engagement and planning director for the Canadian County Health Department, shared the latest statistics on the increasing number of Canadian County residents who’ve received their COVID-19 shots.
“There are 35,285 residents who have received at least the primary dose,” Jackson reported. “That includes 31% of residents age 16 and over and 65% of adults age 65 and over.
“In Canadian County, 48% of adults 65 and over have received the full series. That’s every encouraging!”
The CCHD offers vaccines on weekdays at the Mustang Town Center, 1201 N Mustang Road.
“The demand in Canadian County is still very high,” Jackson shared. “We are busy and adding more afternoon appointments. New appointment times are posted every Wednesday afternoon.”
Residents can make vaccine appointments through the Oklahoma State Health Department’s vaccination portal at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov
Those without Internet access can call the CCHD at (405) 354-4872 or dial 211 for more information.
Yukon’s seniors and other residents who needs help registering online are encouraged to visit the Mabel C. Fry Public Library, 1200 Lakeshore, which has public access computers. Staff members can help.
Outreach efforts are planned through local churches and businesses to offer “mobile” vaccination units in Canadian County.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Priority groups eligible for vaccine appointments as part of phase three of Oklahoma’s vaccine distribution plan are:
- Healthcare workers including expanded healthcare worker groups such as allied health fields and general outpatient health service (for example, behavioral health and dentists)
- First responders
- Oklahomans age 65 years and above
- Oklahomans under age 65 with comorbidities
- Teachers and staff in PreK-12 schools and childcare facilities
- People living and working in congregate locations and worksites
- Public health staff and state, county and city government leaders and elected officials
- Teachers, staff and students age 16 and above in educational settings such as colleges, universities, career/vocational technology centers, etc. (only Pfizer vaccine is approved for age 16 and above, other vaccine types are approved for age 18 and above)
- Workers for essential businesses and industries; and critical infrastructure staff
Through March 24, some 918,965 prime doses had been given across Oklahoma and 504,369 people had completed the vaccine series.
Although case numbers are trending downward as more people are vaccinated, health department officials continue to encourage the public to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s COVID-19 recommendations – specifically wearing masks and social distancing.