DURANT, Okla., February 1, 2021 – The Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority (CNHSA) will hold its third Saturday vaccination event on February 6, 2021 in Poteau at the Rubin White Health Clinic from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Appointments will be set for eligible patients only. Those eligible are current patients with a Certified Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB), cardholders 40 years of age or older (and their household members who have a CDIB card), and teachers and healthcare workers with their CDIB card. To schedule an appointment for the special event in Poteau, call 800.349.7026 extension 6 and choose Poteau as your clinic.
During the first event in McAlester, 118 doses of the vaccine were given to patients using a drive-thru process. They repeated the success, giving over 100 doses during the second event in Idabel.
An appointment is necessary to receive the vaccine at this event or during business hours at the CNHSA clinics. “Using appointment times rather than first-come, first-serve approach keeps the flow steady and manageable,” says Christopher Duff, Global Pharmacy Manager.
On multiple occasions during the previous Saturday events, patients expressed their thanks to the staff for being able to easily get the vaccine and working on the weekend. They conveyed that they felt safer, not having to come inside the clinic to get their vaccine.
“Patients were so appreciative of the event, and it really helped us get a jump start on getting our elders immunized! These events get us one step closer to beating this monster. I am so proud of this team and cannot say thank you enough,” says Tiffany Segotta, McAlester’s Facility Director.
The CNHSA leadership team is monitoring the demand and supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to determine if additional drive-thru vaccination clinics would prove beneficial. To learn more about available opportunities and eligibility, visit www.choctawnation.com/covid-19.
About The Choctaw Nation
The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with more than 200,000 tribal members and 10,000-plus associates. This ancient people have an oral tradition dating back over 13,000 years. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, its historic reservation boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, covering 10,923 square miles. The Choctaw Nation’s vision, “Living out the Chahta Spirit of faith, family and culture,” is evident as it continues to focus on providing opportunities for growth and prosperity. For more information about the Choctaw Nation, its culture, heritage and traditions, please go to www.choctawnation.com.