The signature program of the Oklahoma Caring Foundation, the Oklahoma Caring Van Program, provides immunizations at no charge to children across the state. The program also is supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) employees who donated more than $46,000 to the Oklahoma Caring Foundation in 2013. The mission of the Oklahoma Caring Foundation is to support programs that provide Oklahomans access to preventive health services.
The Caring Van Program, which began in 1999, delivers immunizations to protect children and adolescents from dangerous illnesses at no cost to their families. The Oklahoma Caring Van Program is uniquely designed to eliminate barriers that commonly prevent children from receiving on-time, age-appropriate immunizations in traditional health care settings. The Caring Vans travel to licensed child care centers, schools and community locations statewide.
The Oklahoma Caring Vans also provide immunizations to adults in times of emergency. In all, more than 2,000 adult immunizations were administered from the vans in 2013, many following the devastating tornadoes in May.