HC King Center - POD Site, 4/5/21

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The City of Lawton continues to support health and wellness initiatives of the Comanche County Health Department during the COVID-19 pandemic with a new partnership that allows vaccine administration to take place at a City of Lawton recreation center – HC King, 1705 NW 20th.

The Point of Distribution (POD) site at the HC King Center will be open to those 16 and older from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, April 5, 2021. Health officials will administer first and second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines; the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will also be available. Individuals 16-17 years of age must have a guardian present.

Health Department officials said the partnership was initiated as a result of concentrated efforts to reach historically underserved areas. Pre-registration through the state portal (https://vaccinate.oklahoma.gov/en-US/) is still recommended, but walk-ins will be accepted during the April 5 clinic.

"We are very appreciative to those offering locations and promotion in order to increase vaccine availability," said Debra Johnson, Director of Community Engagement and Health Planning for Southwest Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Department of Health. "It is through these efforts and coordinating for homebound individuals that we hope to bring access to all who are interested in receiving the vaccine."

Since February, the City of Lawton – in partnership with the FISTA Trust Authority – has made available the use of the former Dillards retail store in Lawton Central Mall as another POD site. When the request for potential use of recreational centers was presented, City Management delayed further openings of those centers to be able to accommodate for any needs of healthcare officials.

"The health and safety of our citizens remains our topmost priority," said City Manager Michael Cleghorn.

Citizens may opt in for the latest local COVID updates by texting COVIDLAWTON to 99411. State, county or city data and statistics may also be viewed at https://oklahoma.gov/covid19.html.