COVID-19 vaccine comes to Blackwell

by Charles Gerian

The City of Blackwell is assisting the Kay County Health Department each Wednesday through April, as the health department aims to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to Oklahomans.

Vaccinations are set by appointment only through the vaccine scheduler portal, which

can be found by visiting

Appointment times are posted on the portal Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings for the upcoming week. Appointments are based on the amount of vaccine supplies

available locally.

Kay County Health Department officials said those seeking vaccines should continue

to check the portal for available appointments in the upcoming days and weeks, as cancellations and other clinics may occur.

The health department plans to administer vaccinations in the Event Center at the Kay

County Fairgrounds through March.

Vaccine pods are in place to quickly enable hundreds of people to receive their injections while practicing social distancing and health monitoring. Officials will provide sanitized pens and clipboards for signing paperwork. The City of Blackwell is partnering with the Kay County Health Department to allow city facilities to be used for the clinic only.

The city does not have the ability to schedule or book appointments. Those wishing to be vaccinated should not contact City Hall. Blackwell police officers and firefighters will assist health department workers with the large number of people showing up for vaccinations.

City of Blackwell Emergency Management Director Cory Hanebrink said: “The city and the Kay County Health Department have been working together closely to make sure every need is met and every precaution is taken to ensure a safe and efficient environment.”

City Manager Janet Smith said: “We are grateful for the Kay County Department of Health’s partnership with local government, and are pleased to allow our city facilities to be used for these large-scale events to benefit the public. We plan to continue this important work for as long as needed.”

As of Monday, more than 300,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given to Oklahomans statewide