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COVID-19 vaccines taking longer than expected to reach nursing homes

Posted at 6:35 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 19:35:39-05

TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa woman is growing increasingly worried for her mother who lives in an Owasso nursing home. Judy Thompson said the nursing home still hasn’t received their COVID-19 vaccines. With cases on the rise, she’s now concerned her mother could contract the virus before getting vaccinated.

Thompson hasn’t been able to give her 89-year-old mother a hug in more than nine months. Her mother currently lives at Baptist Village of Owasso in nursing care. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, she’s only been able to see her briefly while social distancing.

“I’m so afraid that something is going to happen before. As we are right at the end here, that would just be so sad,” Thompson said.

Phase one of the state’s vaccine plan prioritizes nursing homes and assisted living residents. CVS and Walgreens are aiding the vaccination process by being responsible for administering the first doses of the vaccines. Still, finding out when and where her mother will get the vaccine is unclear.

Thompson said she called the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office and the Tulsa Health Department but did not get a clear answer.

In a statement, the Tulsa Health Department said, “At this time, we have started to administer the vaccine to some priority groups within phase two, such as first responders and outpatient health-care workers. However, it’s important to remember the phases are not linear and this does not mean that phase one is complete. Vaccine doses remain limited at this time."

2 Works for You reached out to Baptist Village for comment, but we have not heard back from them.

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