LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) - If you are trying to get a COVID - 19 vaccine in Lawton it might instead be going to someone from Tulsa or Oklahoma City.
As of Friday, more than 250,000 people have enrolled in the state’s coronavirus vaccine portal with just under 12,000 actually being able to schedule an appointment.
“We can’t schedule appointments unless we have the vaccine. We find out how much vaccine we’re going to get every Tuesday. Every Thursday, our schedules are going to be released to the public so they can go in and schedule an appointment. They’re filling up really, really quickly. We opened ours up on Thursday and they’re all full already for all of next week,” said Brandie Combs with the Comanche County Health Department.
Part of those clinics being full can be attributed to people who don’t even live in southwest Oklahoma.
“They’re coming from Tulsa, from Perry, from Edmond, from LaFleur County, they’re coming from anywhere because people are so anxious to get the vaccine. If they just happened to be on the website when our clinic was loaded, they get access to our clinic,” Combs said.
While you must live in Oklahoma to receive a vaccine in the state, there’s no way for them to keep you from getting in a different county.
“It drains our resources locally, I get it. But I think at the end of the day, we want Oklahomans to be vaccinated. We want to have some immunity in our communities, we want to move beyond this pandemic and get on with our lives,” Combs said.
Combs said they are working as hard as they can to get the vaccines out just as fast as they come in.
“We are not hoarding it, it is not in our refrigerators, we are literally at the end of every clinic counting every single vial we have left to make sure we can make it to the next day because we schedule, we want people to have this vaccine it’s just going to take a minute to get it out to all of the residents,” Combs said.
Combs also encourages people in the community to help those around them, whether it be family members or coworkers, to register in the vaccination portal if they choose to do so.
If you have any questions, rather than calling your local health department, you’re encouraged to call a state hotline at 211.