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Altus, OK — January 1, 2021 — The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will begin the next step in its COVID-19 vaccination protocol early next week. That means that OSDH will open vaccinations to any seniors 65 years of age and older. Vaccine clinics for seniors in Altus will be held next Monday, January 4 & Wednesday, January 6, at the Altus Community Center at 401 Falcon Rd. The OSDH vaccine clinics will be from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and appointments are required. Those who are under 65 with co-morbidities WILL NOT be included in next week’s clinics. They will be included in the following category, possibly in a week or two.
Appointments will be used for COVID-19 vaccine clinics held by the county health department due to the overwhelming response received at these clinics. This should help limit excessively long lines that would require older populations to stand for long periods of time in potentially adverse weather conditions.
There are two ways to schedule COVID vaccine appointments:
1. through an online link:
For Monday, January 4th, go to:
For Wednesday, January 6th, go to:
2. by calling the Health Dept. at (580) 585-6668 (M-F) between 8AM and 5PM or after hours at (405) 219-9102 or (405) 215-8758.
The Health Dept. is encouraging people to use the online links to schedule appoints since Health Dept. manpower is limited for answering phones. The scheduling application is very simple to use, and it does not require an email account or the creation of a log-in or password. Regardless, the Health Dept. is making phone and online options available in case there are any challenges with the online technology.
Physical space is limited inside the Altus Community Center, so it is important that individuals seeking vaccinations do not bring “extra” people with them. But the Health Dept. understands that some seniors may have mobility issues and may need assistance, which is acceptable.
The Health Dept. is not expecting any shortage of vaccine quantities, so if someone is unable to attend these first senior clinics, they should not worry. The Health Dept. is planning to have regular clinics scheduled each week until everyone in Jackson County has had an opportunity to get vaccinated.