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OSDH frustrated after told vaccine 'stockpile' doesn't exist

Posted at 4:41 PM, Jan 18, 2021

TULSA, Okla. — The vaccine rollout is hitting a snag after doses promised by Operation Warp Speed won't be headed to Oklahoma.

"After months of communication with Operation Warp Speed about a reserve supply of second doses for both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, we learned that no such stockpile exists, and the second doses the federal government had promised our state were merely part of the planned pipeline for vaccine production," said Keith Reed, OSDH Deputy Commissioner.

The OSDH was originally told there would be a booster in the stockpile for every vaccine's primary dose. However, that proved to be a miscommunication, according to the OSDH.

Oklahoma remains in the top-ranked states for vaccinating residents and this does not change the current amount of doses promised.

"I want to assure you, our state is working diligently to find solutions to get second doses to our people as efficiently as possible and within the supply provided by the federal government," Reed said. "I know this has been a frustrating process for many of you. It has been frustrating for us at OSDH as well."

The OSDH is getting a wave of shipments this week, including more than 48,000 primary doses and 32,000 boosters.

A public briefing by the OSDH is expected Tuesday.

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