Tulsa's OSU Medicine drive-thru clinic gives 10,000th vaccine dose
Thursday, April 15, 2021
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In a room at the back of the OSU Medicine Healthcare Center where medical students, nurses, pharmacists and physicians get doses of the COVID-19 vaccine ready, there was a sense of excitement — they were going to administer the drive-thru clinic’s 10,000 vaccine dose that morning.
With Survivor's “Eye of the Tiger” playing in the background, Ashlee Bradley, a medical assistant who splits her time between the vaccine clinic and processing COVID-19 tests at the diagnostic lab at OSU Center for Health Sciences, took several deep breaths as she held the syringe with the 10,000th dose before walking outside to administer the vaccine.
The nearly dozen people working the vaccine clinic followed and watched as she administered the shot, giving her and the patient a round of applause when it was done.
“I was really excited to administer the dose. I asked the team if I would be able to give it and they generously let me. It really means a lot to me,” said Bradley, who is also a student in the Medical Sciences program with the goal of attending medical school at OSU.
“Administering the 10,000th dose today was super exciting because we know we’re making an impact on our community and the state of Oklahoma,” she said.
Wesley Hood, who received the milestone shot, said getting his second vaccine dose is a relief and duty.
“I feel like I’m doing my part in fighting the global pandemic,” said Hood, who is also on a path to medical school. “Now me and my dad can see each other’s faces and go into each other’s houses.”
OSU Medicine administers about 100 doses a day through the drive-thru vaccine clinic.
“We reached a major milestone in our work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Oklahoma by administering our 10,000th vaccine dose at the OSU Medicine Healthcare Center,” said Rhett Stover, CEO of OSU Medicine. “Our clinic and hospital staff have been on the front lines working tirelessly since the outbreak of the coronavirus in March 2020. We can’t thank our staff, students and other volunteers enough, all of whom have been instrumental in our vaccination and pandemic response efforts.”
Getting the drive-thru clinic’s 10,000th vaccine dose was a pleasant surprise for Hood.
“It was just luck of the draw,” he said.