New ways to make appointments for COVID-19 vaccine shots

New ways to make appointments for COVID-19 vaccine shots

LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) - An online portal for COVID-19 vaccine availability will be open to the public Thursday. This will be one of the few ways to make an appointment as doses have become limited after opening to the 65 and older population.

Wednesday morning, a crowd of people stood outside a local Health Department wanting the vaccine.

The crowd was unsure of how to get vaccinated because they don’t have social media.

Brandie Combs with the State Department of Health said this portal makes it easier for people to register for the COVID-19 vaccine so things like that hopefully don’t happen again.

Vaccinate.oklahoma.gov is the website you can go to register yourself, regardless of the category you fall in. Then you will get an email when your time comes when your category is up, or if you have a clinic open,” Combs said.

Combs said you will not continue to receive emails, you will have to take it upon yourself to go back every Thursday to see if a clinic is available near you.

If you aren’t computer savvy, here’s another way you can sign up.

“You can call a phone number it’s a statewide phone number, many have already heard of it. It’s 211, so if you dial 211 they have a call center set up ready to help residents enter their information and get access to appointments,” Combs said.

She said this should reduce the number of people calling or showing up to the health department for a shot.

“We knew going into this there was going to be a big rush of this particular population because it’s the population that’s been the most affected,” Combs said.

For general information about COVID-19 testing or vaccinations, you can visit oklahoma.gov/COVID19.

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