Garfield County Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccination event scheduled for Monday has been moved to Oakwood Mall.
Health care workers, first responders and people over age 65 are eligible to receive the vaccine at the event, which has filled up. It now will be at Oakwood Mall where the Halloween store was located near the old JCPenney store.
The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and appointments were required. Identification will be required.
According to Maggie Jackson, regional director of community engagement and planning for Oklahoma State Department of Health, the change of location was made because Garfield County Health Department wants to increase the vaccine clinics to every day of the week instead of just on Mondays.
“Our first goal is increasing the date of appointments to every day of the week. The Stride Center, they had a ton of availability, they were really willing to work with us, but they did already have conflicts,” Jackson said. “They had some basketball going on. We wanted to not be in their way, either, so that’s the main reason we’re going to the mall. We can leave our things out there, and that’s the biggest reason.”
Starting on March 18, the Health Department is “going to do large events most days of the week,” she said.
“We’re going to get going on daily events, and even those events, we’re going to have several hundred appointments,” Jackson said.
The plan is to continue all vaccination events at the mall, she said.
Enid Transit will offer free rides to Monday’s vaccination event. Those needing a ride can call (580) 233-RIDE (7433).