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Tulsa leaders urge people to get vaccinated as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise

Posted at 6:54 AM, Jul 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-22 12:44:52-04

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum is urging people to get vaccinated as hospitalizations for COVID-19 rise.

Area hospitals are seeing a 10% increase in patients since June. Health experts blame the new and more contagious Delta Variant for the rise in cases.

In January, 27% of all people hospitalized in Tulsa were patients with the virus. In June, it was down to just 1%. Over the past two weeks, hospitalizations went up to 10.2% of patients with COVID-19. Hospital administrators told 2 News Oklahoma nearly all of them are not vaccinated.

Mayor G.T. Bynum urged people to get the vaccine:

“I know plenty of thoughtful people who haven’t been vaccinated because they’re worried about side effects or want to see how things go for those who have received it for a longer period of time before getting it themselves. Each of us has to weigh personal risks based on our own health and situation when making health care decisions.

So, my request of all my fellow Tulsans today is a simple one: if you haven’t been vaccinated yet, please visit with your doctor about it. Don’t take my word for it - though I’ve been fully vaccinated and enjoy the freedom that comes with knowing I have increased immunity because of it. If you have a doctor you trust with your health, who knows your health background, then there’s nobody better positioned to advise you than them.

If you want to get a free vaccination, most pharmacy providers now offer it or you can visit the Tulsa Health Department's website to schedule an appointment.”

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