OSDH to open final phase of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

The Shawnee News-Star
Gary Jeffers gets his first shot during a COVID-19 Vaccine Drive.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced today that all adult Oklahomans are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment beginning on Monday, March 29. 

Oklahoma has consistently ranked among the top states in vaccine distribution and is one of the first states to open vaccine appointments to the general public. 

“This is a momentous day for the state of Oklahoma,” said Dr. Lance Frye, commissioner of health. “I want to thank all of our public health staff, partners and volunteers who have served on the front lines and kept vaccines moving safely and efficiently. Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge undertaking and a massive public health challenge. Lives have been saved as a result of the drive and determination of frontline medical workers, county health departments and our partners across the state.”

“Opening phase 4 is certainly a milestone, but we haven’t won the fight yet,” said Keith Reed, deputy commissioner of health. “We’ve met some ambitious goals leading the state’s largest vaccination effort in a very short period of time. However, we can’t let our guard down just yet. Now that everyone is eligible, don’t wait to get your vaccine. The best thing you can do to protect yourself and others is to get it as soon as you’re able.”

The vaccine is available at no cost. Oklahomans 16+ are encouraged to register through the state’s Vaccine Scheduler Portal at vaccinate.ok.gov if they haven’t done so already. After registration, they will see available phase 4 appointments on the portal starting March 29. Appointments for phases 1-3 will also remain available on the portal. 

As a reminder, the state’s vaccine portal is just one option for scheduling an appointment — vaccine appointments are also available through many other local pandemic providers across the state. You can ask your personal healthcare provider about the vaccine, or you can use the federal vaccine locator at vaccinefinder.org to check for appointments at local pharmacies.