NORMAN – Pop-up PODS as part of the COVID-19 vaccine incentives program approved by Norman City Council continue as new dates and sites have been announced for the community:
- OCTOBER 21 | 10 a.m. to noon at Food & Shelter, 210 Reed Avenue
- OCTOBER 24 | 2-4 p.m. at Norman Central Library, 103 W. Acres Street
- OCTOBER 31 | 2-4 p.m. at Irving Recreation Center, 125 Vicksburg Avenue
- NOVEMBER 7 | 2-4 p.m. at Little Axe Community Center, 1000 168th Avenue NE
- NOVEMBER 14 | 2-4 p.m. at 12th Avenue Recreation Center, 1701 12th Avenue NE
- NOVEMBER 21 | 2-4 p.m. at Whittier Recreation Center, 2000 W. Brooks Street
The pop-up PODS are made possible by partnership through the City of Norman, IMMYLabs, Norman Regional Health System, the Cleveland County Health Department, the Norman Police Department and the Norman Fire Department. Incentives by way of gift cards and door prize drawings – to include a $500 VISA gift card and Apple Air Pods – are available to encourage citizens to become vaccinated to protect themselves and others, and financed through the American Rescue Plan Act.
DETAILED BACKGROUND INFORMATION
On September 14, the Norman City Council approved a COVID-19 vaccine incentives program to use $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (APRA) money for vaccination pods, mobile vaccination units, and gift cards incentives for vaccinations.
"Our goal is to use this program to try and bring vaccinations to everyone and help encourage individuals who might be on the fence about being vaccinated to get the shot,” said City Manager Darrel Pyle. "We brainstormed locations of where to host the pop-up vaccinations and came up with locations all over town to make the vaccine accessible for everyone that wants to be vaccinated."
The City is also working with the United Way of Norman on a program to bring vaccinations to individuals unable to leave their homes with the help of United Way partner agencies and IMMYLabs.
"The United Way is excited about the opportunity to get vaccinations to everyone that needs them,” said Daren Wilson, President & CEO of the United Way of Norman. “Many individuals and families can't get vaccinated. Bringing vaccinations straight to people's doors is a gamer changer for those in need.”
The $500,000 incentive program through the City includes $25 restaurant gift cards to local restaurants for individuals that receive the first, second, or booster vaccinations. Each individual will also be entered into two door prize drawings: Drawing one will be for a $500 VISA gift card; the second drawing will be for Apple Air Pods. Gift cards and other door prizes will be available on-site to those who set an appointment and attend a vaccination POD.
"We are excited that this incentive program will not only encourage individuals to get vaccinated, it will also stimulate our community’s economy with the purchase of the restaurant gift cards. Everyone loves our Norman restaurants, and this is a great way to support them," said Jason Olsen, Director of Parks and Recreation.
You can set an appointment for one of the IMMYLabs pop-up vaccination PODS at https://portal.immylabs.com/vaccine.
For more information, go to NormanOK.gov.