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State health department releases details on new app to register, find out eligibility for COVID vaccine

New registration portal launches Jan. 7
Posted at 11:18 AM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 12:29:29-05

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health is launching a new portal to help Oklahomans determine when they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and register for it online.

Officials announced on Monday the new app would be available on Jan. 7th.

READ MORE: OSDH: New vaccine scheduling app to be available as early as Jan. 7

“This is an exciting step, as we now have the opportunity to vaccinate larger priority groups in Oklahoma,” said Dr. Lance Frye, State Commissioner of Health. “We know Oklahomans are eager to find out when and where they can get the vaccine, and we’re thankful for their patience as our team quickly works to develop innovative solutions. We’re hopeful that the launch of this portal will ease confusion and create a seamless experience for all Oklahomans.”

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.

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.

READ MORE: Oklahoma State Department of Health coronavirus information

“We have always planned to roll out the vaccine in an overlapping manner versus waiting for 100% completion of one group before starting another,” said OSDH Deputy Commissioner Keith Reed. “This helps ensure efficient use of resources to maximize available vaccine and vaccinators. Moving into a new priority group does not close the door on the previous groups, it simply adds another opportunity for more vaccinations.”

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