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State administers first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 373,279 people

Oklahoma State Department of Health
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced today that 10% of eligible adults in the state, about 373,279 people, have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We are incredibly thrilled to have reached such a significant milestone,” said State Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye. “Thanks to the help of numerous partners, such as our local county health departments, hospitals, long term care facilities, Walgreens and CVS and many others, we have been able to get the vaccine into the arms of our most vulnerable populations. Now, 373,279 Oklahomans are on their way to being protected from COVID-19. Of those, 315,034 have received their first dose. An additional 58,245 have completed the full vaccine series and are entirely protected. While we are excited about this progress, our work is far from over. As we work through distribution of the vaccine, we need Oklahomans to help us keep everyone safe by continuing to follow the 3 W’s: Wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance.” 

As of Jan. 28, the Oklahoma Department of Health reported that 612,853 Oklahomans have registered to receive the vaccine with 118,390 appointments being booked. These numbers show steady progress as Oklahoma continues phase 2 of its vaccination plan. 

“Today’s milestone is exciting, but we cannot let up on the gas,” said Keith Reed, deputy commissioner with OSDH. “Each person vaccinated represents one precious life protected. Our focus right now remains on our 65 and older population, as we know they have been the most vulnerable to the spread of this virus. We will continue to find ways to deliver the vaccine to as many Oklahomans as possible in a safe and efficient manner.”

The operation (formerly Operation Warp Speed) notified the state this week to expect 103,350 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be delivered next week. This number is an overall 16% increase in prime doses that is expected to be maintained over the next three weeks. 

To find out when you may be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, pre-register through the Vaccine Scheduler Portal at https://vaccinate.oklahoma.gov/. 

For any additional questions about the vaccine in Oklahoma, visit https://oklahoma.gov/covid19/vaccine-information/vaccine-faqs.html.