TULSA — Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) has a district which stretches from parts of the Tulsa metropolitan area to the New Mexico state line at the far western end of the panhandle.
He has a mixture of urban, suburban and rural constituents, as do many Oklahoma lawmakers.
In a recent conversation with a KRMG reporter, Rep. Lucas made it clear that he supports COVID-19 vaccines, that he and his family have gotten the shots, and that he hopes every constituent will follow suit.
“Don’t have a disease that there’s a way to prevent,” he told KRMG. “Don’t refuse to take the vaccine, because remember there were 500,000 Americans who didn’t have a chance at the vaccine, and they died. Don’t become a part of that list.”
He believes COVID will likely become just another aspect of daily life.
“I know there’s concerns about everything and anything, but protect your health, and your neighbors, and your family and the people you like. Get vaccinated for this stuff, it isn’t going away. It isn’t gonna go away, it’s like the flu. It will now be with us forever.”
And he underlined that folks who think COVID-19 is “just the flu” are sadly misinformed.
Half a million people have died, he reiterated, “and some of them have died horribly. Organ failure. Literally drowning from lung scarring. The virus affecting their nervous systems and their brain tissue. (Don’t) let that happen to you.”
Any adult who wants a vaccine in the Tulsa area can walk right in and get one at the “megapod” set up by FEMA, THD, and several federal agencies at the Tulsa Community College NE Campus at Apache and Harvard.
The hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm until further notice.