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Oklahoma prepares for possible vaccine, Tulsa's game plan

Posted at 7:16 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 22:15:56-04

TULSA, Okla. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling Oklahoma public health officials to prepare for a mass distribution of a possible COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC document outlines a distribution plan for states to follow and who should get the vaccine first. The Tulsa County Emergency Management says they are waiting for instruction and will adjust accordingly.

The county already has a generic response plan to vaccinate a large number of people in case of an emergency, even before the pandemic. They say a COVID-19 vaccine distribution will be similar, but modified to be most effective against limiting the spread of the virus. There are 10 designated locations throughout the county to respond to everyone if needed.

“We have all of the infrastructure already in place,” said Alicia Etgen, an emergency preparedness and response program manager. “We’ve identified the locations for these clinics, either in a walk-through or a drive-through setting and we also have the ability to store vaccines in larger quantities with proper cold-chain whether its a refrigerator or freezer space.”

Distribution centers are subject to change depending on who receives the vaccine first. 2 Works for You reached out to Governor Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma State Health Department, but we have not yet heard back from them.

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