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Tulsa mayor, health leaders explain process of vaccine allocation in county

Posted at 10:28 AM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 10:19:35-05

TULSA, Okla. — During a press conference on Wednesday, Mayor G.T. Bynum explained the process of vaccine allocation in Tulsa County.

Bynum said each Tuesday the state finds out the number of coronavirus vaccines they will receive for the coming week. The next day the state informs the Tulsa Health Department how many vaccines will be allocated for Tulsa County in the coming week. Only then can THD make vaccine distribution plans for the week ahead.

This comes after the Oklahoma State Department of Health released it's new online portal called, COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduler Portal on Wednesday. Officials said Oklahomans can now pre-register. However, the appointment scheduling feature on the app will not be available until Jan. 7.

READ MORE: OSDH launches new 'COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduler Portal' for pre-registration

The new portal allows people to register for the vaccine, find out their eligibility in each priority group and see where they can receive the vaccine. Also, people will provide their contact information to receive updates and notifications from OSDH when it's their turn to get the vaccine.

So far, the COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to 12,161 Tulsa County residents, according to city officials. Tulsa County has begun phase 2 vaccinations, which will first be distributed to those ages 65 years and older and to first responders.

READ MORE: State announces new coronavirus vaccine distribution strategy for phase 2

As the vaccine continues to be distributed across the county, city officials are asking all residents to stay vigilant. The city said residents should continue to abide by the three W’s:

  • wear a mask
  • watch your distance
  • wash your hands

To date, the Tulsa Health Department has confirmed 51,319 positive COVID-19 cases in Tulsa County. 45,751 residents have recovered and 429 have died.

READ MORE: Coronavirus cases reported in Oklahoma

For more information about the City of Tulsa's response to the coronavirus, click here.

WATCH the presser below:

Tulsa officials provide COVID-19 update on Wednesday

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