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OSDH announces vaccine fast-track to Oklahomans in phase 1 and 2

Posted at 7:19 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 10:27:32-05

TULSA, Okla. — While many say the vaccine rollout isn’t going fast enough, Oklahoma currently ranks 8th in the nation for the number of vaccines administered.

Of the 182,000 vaccinations given here so far, more than 156,000 are “prime” doses and nearly 26,000 are “booster” doses. That’s nearly four out of every 100 Oklahomans already getting at least one dose of vaccine.

Next week, the Oklahoma State Department of Health anticipates getting at least 48,000 doses allocated by Operation Warp Speed.

This comes on the heels of a recent announcement by the Trump administration saying, it will ship “first” and “second” doses of the vaccine to states each week to ensure everyone who already received a vaccine will be able to get their second shot.

Over the next two weeks, Operation Warp Speed will allocate doses to states based on what it calls “burn-rates.”

“That means the rate at which we get the vaccine from the freezer into arms will impact the amount of vaccines we get allocated,” Deputy Commissioner Keith Reed said. “This continues to emphasize the need to quickly get most vaccines from receipt to peoples arms.”

OSDH said pharmacies, community health centers and more than 1,300 vaccination pods across the state will soon be used as channels for distribution.

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