Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is giving back to the community one vaccine at a time
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, aims to help end the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic by giving back to the community through offering the the Moderna, Janson (Johnson and Johnson) and Pfizer vaccines to everyone, not just American Indians.
“Not only are we offering COVID-19 vaccines at our campus in Oklahoma City, but we are also going out into the community and vaccinating everyone we can,” Robyn Sunday-Allen said, CEO of OKCIC.
OKCIC’s first stop was at Skyline Urban Ministries on Friday, April 2, 2021, where staff gave out 20 one-dose vaccines to non-Native members of the Oklahoma City community. Staff also had the opportunity to help sustain the oil and natural gas economy of Oklahoma by vaccinating a few oil field workers across the street from the event. That same day, OKCIC gave 30 one-dose vaccines to THN Insurance Solutions in Oklahoma City.
The next location for OKCIC’s staff was Lee’s Sandwiches in Oklahoma City where 60 one-dose vaccines were administered on April 8, 2021. Then, Lopez Foods Inc. was where OKCIC vaccinated over 90 employees in just one morning on April 9, 2021. Later that same day, OKCIC was able to vaccinate 30 people at Masjid Mu’min in northeast Oklahoma City. The following day, on April 10, 2021, staff set up shop at Manos Juntas off Interstate 240 in south Oklahoma City and was able to give 10 one-dose vaccines.
“Oklahoma City Indian Clinic has chosen to partner with locations outside of our campus in order to promote overall public health measures by providing one-dose COVID-19 vaccinations to the underserved populations in Oklahoma,” Jennifer Pham said, OKCIC’s Pharmacy Director. “This is important to us since community immunity is one step towards a healthier Oklahoma.”
Any person 18 years and up is able to get the vaccine at OKCIC. Sign up starts on Wednesday every week and can be found by visiting www.okcic.com/do-you-want-the-covid-19-vaccine/.
“We are proud to be able to reach out to the underserved members of the Oklahoma City community,” Sunday-Allen said. “We hope our continued efforts will strengthen Oklahomans and in turn strengthen our Native community.”
About Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 to provide excellent health care and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 20,000 patients from over 200 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, please call (405) 948-4900 or visit www.okcic.com.