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Vaccines given to Oklahoma residents over 65 at the Ardmore Convention Center

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 6:59 PM CST
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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - 1,125 people were vaccinated Tuesday at the Ardmore Convention Center.

In the morning the line flowed from the convention center past I-35. But for those who signed up online, the average wait time was just 30 minutes.

“I was anxious because of all the people,” the event’s first recipient Asa Lucas said. “But it was well organized and social distancing was well done.”

Walter Parkerson said signing up for a vaccine was a priority for him.

“Just was anxious to get the shot,” Parkerson said. “70 years old and got some conditions and need to get it.”

Parkerson and Lucas said they’ve both been homebound since the pandemic began.

“We’ve been in a box for awhile,” Parkerson said. “We’re old enough to be smart enough to not take chances.”

Lucas said he was encouraged to continue staying at home when the vaccine came out.

“I didn’t wanna drown in the shallow end of the pool right here at the end,” Lucas said. “I knew I was gonna take it back in February.”

Lucas lined up as soon as he could. He said he hopes others do the same.

“Herd immunity is gonna be helpful at some point,” Lucas said. “In order to get that, most of us have to get vaccinated.”

On Wednesday the health department will set up a vaccine event in Ada at the Agriplex.

Appointments will be required for those who want the vaccine starting next week.

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