OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health launched the coronavirus vaccine online portal for registration and scheduling vaccination appointments on Jan 7th.
Oklahoma's COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduler Portal facts to know:
(UPDATED on Jan. 14 at 5 p.m.)
Oklahomans registered: 806,741
Appointments booked: 217,019
Several Tulsa County residents experienced problems scheduling appointments when the app first launched.
In a Facebook caption, the Tulsa Health Department announced they'd resolved technical difficulties with the new online portal.
"We have obtained access to the system and successfully added 2,600 Tulsa County available appointments for first doses next week in the Oklahoma Vaccine Portal," the caption said. "Thank you for your patience while we worked through the challenges of a new system."
State health department officials said the appointment scheduling feature is available for Oklahomans who are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a part of Oklahoma's priority plan. This includes people who are 65 or more years of age, healthcare workers and/or first responders.
The new portal allows people to register for the vaccine, find out their eligibility in each priority group and see where they can receive the vaccine. Also, people will provide their contact information to receive updates and notifications from OSDH when it's their turn to get the vaccine.
“While registering will not affect when you receive the vaccine, we still recommend you use the portal to pre-register. Registering your contact and medical information in the portal will make it quicker and easier for the state to notify you when it’s your turn to get it. We’re excited about this opportunity to streamline communications about the vaccine and hopefully make the appointment process easier for everyone.”
To date, 806,741 Oklahomans have registered through the portal to receive notifications on eligibility, according to OSDH officials. Of these, 594,408 are currently within an eligible priority group to receive the vaccine. Officials said 217,019 appointments have been scheduled by Oklahomans eligible to receive the vaccine.
Officials said eligibility does not mean people will get an appointment right away, as vaccine supply in each county, which changes week to week, will determine appointment availability.
For Oklahomans who don't have internet access or a computer, OSDH officials said they are looking into additional options. However, for the time being, officials are asking those people to rely on a family member or friend for help in registering, call their county health department or call 211.
OSDH is creating vaccination "Points of Dispensing Sites," or PODS, across Oklahoma. These PODS will allow Oklahomans to begin receiving the coronavirus vaccine in the coming weeks.
Officials said there is not a list for people to be added to be included in Oklahoma's phased distribution. Officials said, "The Vaccine Scheduler Portal is a tool to help notify eligible Oklahomans when and where they can receive the vaccine when an appointment is available to them."
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