By Conrad Dudderar
A vaccine clinic geared toward Yukon’s homeless and people living in hotels and motels will be this week.
COVID-19 vaccinations are offered from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, April 22 at West Metro Community Church, 601 W Main.
Yukon Mayor Shelli Selby has been working with the Canadian County Health Department (CCHD) to provide a vaccine clinic specifically for members of Yukon’s homeless population and anyone living in Yukon hotels and motels.
The hotel/motel occupants and homeless people will receive free groceries after receiving their vaccines.
“They can sign up by texting (405) 684-1381 or just show up,” Selby explained. “The public is welcome and encouraged to sign up too.”
Yukon’s hotel/motel and homeless residents will receive top priority, over those who just show up.
Anyone who needs a Moderna second shot must sign up in advance.
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Mayor Selby wants to see that as many of “our Yukon people” get vaccinated against the devastating virus.
Those living in Yukon’s hotels and motels and the homeless often are missed during this type of event because they do not have transportation or Internet access.
“The health department asked if there was a sector of our citizens who were not being reached and I immediately thought of people in these situations,” Selby said.
“We also have numerous (residents) in our community who still haven’t been vaccinated. If I can help even one person get the vaccine on Thursday, I will be thrilled.”
Residents who have Internet access can make COVID-19 vaccine appointments online at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov
Those without the Internet can call the CCHD at (405) 354-4872 or dial 211 for more information.
There are several extended-stay motels along Yukon’s Main Street within walking distance of West Metro Community Church.
The church also houses Jacob’s Cupboard, a “no-questions-asked” community food pantry started by Selby in memory of her late son.