The Autism Foundation of Oklahoma (AFO) has partnered with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) to provide sensory-friendly vaccine clinics to Oklahoma residents with autism or other disabilities and their caregivers. The COVID-19 vaccine will be available for children as young as five years old, as well as other adult and childhood vaccines upon request.
The following five clinics are scheduled for the summer of 2022:
June 23- Woodward County Health Department
June 28th- Oklahoma City-County Health Department
July 15th- Comanche County Health Department in Lawton
July 22nd- FUNdamentals Therapy in Ardmore in partnership with the Carter County Health Department
July 28th- Crossover Health Services in partnership with the Tulsa County Health Department
Prior to each event, clinic staff will receive sensory kits and specialized training for autism and other disabilities sponsored by a grant awarded to AFO from OSDH. Patients will also receive gift bags containing resources and helpful items for families to use with their children when visiting other new and possibly stressful places in their communities.
“We look forward to hosting five statewide sensory-friendly vaccine clinics this summer and appreciate the support of the Oklahoma State Health Department. AFO’s clinics are designed to help individuals and family members feel more comfortable in a local health care setting that is both educated and equipped to accommodate special needs,” says AFO’s Health Equity Project Coordinator Chandee Kott.
Children that are a part of the CDC’s Vaccines For Children (VFC) program are also eligible to receive their back-to-school immunizations. To learn more about this initiative, visit autismfoundationok.org/covid-19-resources.
Image courtesy of CDC.gov.
Chandee Kott, Health Equity Project Coordinator