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Oklahoma State Department of Health releases draft of COVID-19 vaccination plan

Posted at 4:22 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 23:46:35-05

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma State Department of Health released a "working draft" of its COVID-19 vaccination plan Friday.

This comes after Governor Kevin Stitt met with Vice President Mike Pence earlier this week to go over the state’s vaccine plan.

The plan includes a disclaimer clarifying that the document is a meant to be flexible and it's not the final version.

Health experts predict significant revisions will be made to the plan after finalizing the state's initial vaccine distribution, according to the document.

Health officials broke down the distribution of the vaccine plan into 3 phases:

Phase 1

The report said phase one will have a limited number of doses available.

The first round of vaccinations will go to "priority groups," including nursing homes, assisted living and long-term care facility staff and residents and health care workers.

The vaccine will then be sent to local health departments or hospital providers as more shipments become available, according to the plan.

Phase one would take place November through December.

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Phase 2

In phase two, a larger supply of doses would be available to meet demand.

Local health departments and some tribes will be able to to quickly administer vaccines through mass immunization clinics, according to the document. Providers can also set up curbside and drive in vaccine clinics.

Those getting the vaccine include first responders, more health care workers, and vulnerable populations staying at homeless shelters or group homes.

The report shows this phase happening January through March.

Phase 3

For phase three, the vaccine would be available to educators, students, other essential workers and then all Oklahomans. This phase would take place in spring 2021.

CLICK HERE to review the full draft of the vaccination plan.

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