TULSA, Okla. — A woman worried her mother living in a nursing home would get COVID-19 before she got the vaccine. Now that fear is a reality.
Judy Thompson is praying for her mother’s recovery after her mom tested positive for the virus last Friday. Her 87-year-old mother is hospitalized and fighting for her life.
“My biggest fear now is that she won’t make it through this,” Thompson said.
Her oxygen levels took a sharp downward turn prompting nursing home staff to transport her to Hillcrest Medical Center just 24 hours after her diagnosis. To make matters worse, Thompson’s mother was transported to a COVID-unit in Pryor. This came after she spent a night in a Hillcrest hallway because the hospital was over capacity.
“We’re scared to death that she won’t make it through this. And, if she doesn’t, it will be a disgrace because it could have been prevented,” Thompson said.
In a press conference Monday, Deputy Commissioner Keith Reed said CVS and Walgreens continue to vaccinate nursing home and assisted living residents daily. But Reed said the rate of vaccinations is slower because pharmacies are dealing with federal partners.
“We absolutely understand the concerns for getting those facilities vaccinated,” Reed said. “But that particular program, the Federal Pharmacy Partner Program is managed at the federal level. We don’t have control over those organizations.”
The Federal Pharmacy Partner Program aims to assist state and local health departments distribute the vaccine quicker by taking care of one of the priority groups. Meanwhile, Thompson continues to pray for her mother’s recovery.
“I’m just so scared and upset and worried,” Thompson said.
2 Works for You reached out to Baptist Village of Owasso, CVS and Walgreens to find out if they have a contract with each other for those vaccines, but we have not heard back from them.
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