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Can Tulsa employers make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory?

Posted at 8:41 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 11:35:04-05

TULSA, Okla. — Some health care workers and other people eligible to get vaccinated are deciding to not get COVID-19 vaccinations.

2 Works for You reached out to Tulsa Health Department's Dr. Bruce Dart to find out if employers can make vaccines mandatory for workers. Dart said because the vaccine is so new, his own organization and others are not making it mandatory right now.

However, Dart said, "I suspect in the future we'll see more policies that make it mandatory when we see how safe and effective it truly is."

Dart also explained that drive-thru inoculations are not being used to speed up vaccinating people against COVID-19, because you can't speed up one key part of this inoculation process.

"We observe them for 15 to 30 minutes to make sure there's no adverse reaction, which really makes it much more difficult, again, to get people done near as fast as if we could just shoot them up and let them drive away," Dart said.

We've had several viewers ask why their doctor's office doesn't give the shots?

The state health department told us unlike other vaccines, coronavirus vaccines require special storage, which is not available in all doctor's offices.

The vaccine must be used within a specific time frame after thawing, or thrown out. Also, staff needs training to give the shots, and patients need monitoring for 15 to 30 minutes after getting a dose to check for adverse reactions.

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