By Maj. Kristin Tschetter,
Oklahoma National Guard
TULSA, Okla. – Nearly 30 Oklahoma National Guardsmen are supporting a community vaccination clinic as part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Guard members are transporting vaccines, preparing them on-site and supporting administration from two STRIKE teams, ensuring communities with a high risk of exposure and infection are not left behind.
"For more than a year, the Oklahoma National Guard has been a proud contributor to Oklahoma’s whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Col. Bob Walter, commander of the Oklahoma National Guard’s Joint Task Force and the commander of military personnel at the CVC. “Today, we remain ready to continue our support to our state and local partners and bring an end to the pandemic.”
In addition to Oklahoma Guardsmen, nearly 140 U.S. Navy personnel from San Diego are performing clinical and non-clinical functions at the site.
The joint mission will continue through June 15 to expand the rate of vaccinations in Oklahoma efficiently and equitably.
The CVC, a White House initiative, opened April 21 at the Tulsa Community College Northeast Campus. The clinic is 100 percent funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Vaccinations will continue to be available at Tulsa Health Department PODS supported by the Oklahoma National Guard, pharmacies and health centers to provide multiple opportunities for immunization.