ADA, Okla., (KTEN) — The Chickasaw Nation hosted its first drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 Saturday at the Emergency Operations Facility in Ada. 

“We are very excited to be able to be a part of this movement and help our community in this way,” said registered nurse Jennifer Perkins. Leslie Unsell said she was happy to have the opportunity to get her son the jab. 

“He was the only one left in the household, and we know it is really important for him to be vaccinated and take care of his health,” she said.  “We have lost a lot of loved ones, and we really feel like the vaccine has helped us and our family members stay safe.”

There will be additional vaccine events for children at the Chickasaw Nation’s satellite clinics in Ardmore, Purcell, and Tishomingo Monday, November 22 and Tuesday, November 23 from 4 to 6 p.m.

“I’m really glad we started this event a little bit before the holidays," Perkins said. "I know last year many families were in quarantine and didn’t get to celebrate with their families. The timing of the events is perfect for getting those kiddos vaccinated before Christmas.”

The Chickasaw Nation will host additional events at the Emergency Operations Facility and satellite clinics on December 11, 13 and 14 for children to receive their second vaccine doses. 

To pre-register for the vaccine events, you can visit the Chickasaw Nation website or call 580-272-1319.