For the first time since Tulsa Health Department began offering COVID-19 vaccinations, no new appointments were added Wednesday night due to the winter-weather forecast; Thursday's appointments were canceled at 8:40 a.m.
"After evaluating conditions on site, it was determined to be the best decision for the safety of staff and clients," local officials said.
Responding to comments about the late cancellation Thursday, including complaints about those who had already lined up at the midtown vaccination site, Tulsa Health Department said they had no control over the preparations there.
"The parking lot and sidewalks are managed by the venue. ... We did not find them satisfactory for our safety standards," Tulsa Health Department officials said in a social media message apologizing for the inconvenience. "We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding for this tough call, but it was for the safety of everyone."
The Tulsa Health Department said Wednesday and Thursday appointments would be rescheduled via email directly to the individuals affected; emails should arrive by 5 p.m. Thursday, officials said. Those making new appointments are still directed to the state web portal at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov.
Appointments set for Thursday through the Veterans Administration, as well as the VA's vaccination clinics in Muskogee and Tulsa, were canceled, according to a spokeswoman.
"We are continuing to reach out to our veterans who are 65 or older to get them scheduled in one of our upcoming drive-thru clinics," Nita McClellan said Wednesday. Veterans with further needs may call 888-397-8387 or go to va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed.
Tulsa could see up to 8 inches of snow Sunday into Monday, meteorologists at the National Weather Service said. Icy conditions persist across northeast Oklahoma with well-below-freezing temperatures forecast at least through late next week.