The Caring Van

Nowata Public Schools were recently visited by the Caring Van on Friday, April 8 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m to give students from elementary through high school free vaccines and immunizations.

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Children getting ready to receive their vaccinations.

In order for the students to qualify for immunizations from the Caring Van, students must be on Sooner Care, an America Indian, or uninsured. Students also need to have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian. The Caring Van provides all immunizations required by Oklahoma law.

Fifth graders need to get all their vaccines to be able to get into middle school. Seniors also needed to get a meningeal vaccine that is required to get into college.

Nurse Antonia was not at the elementary school to help the kids with their immunizations. Kathie Thomas, a retired nurse from Nowata schools, filled in for her for the few days kids were turning in their permission slips and getting vaccinated.

“I’ve worked here as a nurse for about 18 years before I retired, or at least I thought I retired,” nurse Thomas jokes.

Nurse Thomas encouraged kids to get vaccinated, especially the seniors since they would need required immunizations for college.


For more information about the Caring Van and their organization the link below which will take you to their home page.