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Visit Immunization Clinics Early To Avoid Back-To-School Rush

TULSA, OK – [July 18, 2022] – The Tulsa Health Department reminds parents of children entering kindergarten or the 7th grade that now is the time to visit immunization clinics to avoid the back-to-school rush. THD currently has appointments available.  To help clients during this busy time, THD has an online portal to schedule a child’s immunization appointment. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling (918) 582-WELL. Walk-ins are not accepted this year.

“The immunization clinics get very busy as the first day of school approaches,” said THD Division Chief of Preventive Health Services Priscilla Haynes. “We encourage families to immunize their children now while there is little to no wait time in the clinics. Immunizations are one of the best ways to protect the health of your child against vaccine-preventable diseases. The online scheduling portal makes it convenient for busy families to schedule their vaccine appointment with ease.”

Vaccines remain a safe and effective measure families can take to reduce the incidence and severity of several diseases, including COVID-19. THD provides immunizations according to the Oklahoma school requirements, CDC recommendations and the childhood and adolescent immunization schedule. There are no new immunization requirements for the 2022-2023 school year.

The COVID-19 vaccine is now recommended for everyone 6 months and older, and can be administered at the same time as other vaccines. Children have routine vaccinations due after they reach age four, which are required for students entering kindergarten. A Tdap vaccine is required for all students entering the 7th grade. Other vaccines are also recommended for adolescents at age 11. THD encourages anyone who is moving into a college residence this fall to consider taking charge of their health and get all their vaccinations, including meningitis vaccines. 

Children transferring into Oklahoma schools from other states may need the hepatitis A vaccine. This vaccine is not required for all states; however, two doses of hepatitis A vaccine are required for all Oklahoma students in grades kindergarten through twelve. Parents are advised to bring their child’s most recent vaccination record.

All children age 17 and younger should have a parent or legal guardian with them at the time of vaccination. The legal guardian must bring paperwork showing their guardianship status. When the community risk of COVID-19 transmission is in the high level according to the CDC, masks are required for everyone age two and older on any of the THD campuses. As a precaution, we ask that families limit the number of individuals accompanying the child to one adult if possible and social distance in the waiting areas.

Children through age 18 years are eligible to receive vaccines at no charge through the Vaccine for Children program if any of the following apply: they are Medicaid-eligible, uninsured, Native American Indian, Native Alaskan, or their insurance policy does not cover vaccines. 

Back-to-school immunizations are offered at a low cost and no one is turned away due to inability to pay. THD also accepts the following health insurance: Medicaid, SoonerCare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Community Care, Health Choice, Cigna, and Medicare.  It is recommended to check with the insurance company to verify coverage for requested vaccines.  

Immunizations are available by appointment only at the following THD locations. Shot record requests can also be made online, in person at any of the clinic times and locations listed below, by phone at 918-582-9355.

James O. Goodwin Health Center | 5051 S. 129th E. Ave.
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
Closed for lunch from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Central Regional Health Center |315 S. Utica
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
Closed for lunch from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

North Regional Health and Wellness Center | 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
Closed for lunch from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Birth certificates must be ordered in advance online or by phone at 877-817-7346. Online and phone orders will have a turnaround time of approximately two business days. Mail-in orders will also continue to be accepted with a turnaround time of about 10 weeks. Vital Records offer a Will Call service giving individuals the option to pick up orders placed online for birth and death records in-person. Will Call pick-up hours at the vital record 51st & 129th location are 2:15 to 4:45 p.m. on weekdays (Monday-Friday). Read more about the process and other information about birth and death records. 

For more information about immunization clinics and state immunization requirements please visit our Back 2 School page or call 918-582-WELL (9355). 


Note: View a complete guide to immunization requirements in Oklahoma for the 2022-2023 school year and the Oklahoma Caring Van schedule.

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