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Tulsa Public Schools, local health leaders push for COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of return to class

Dr. Deborah Gist
Posted at 9:55 AM, Aug 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-09 16:22:41-04

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public Schools and the Tulsa Health Department held a news conference on Monday in an effort to inform people about the COVID-19 vaccine.

TPS used the news conference as a way to ask people to get vaccinated before the new school year begins Aug. 19.

Children 12 and older are currently eligible to receive the vaccine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends those children get their vaccinations before returning to classrooms.

The list of speakers included:

  • Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist
  • Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Bruce Dart
  • Oklahoma State University Medical Center Chief of Staff Mousumi Som
  • Vernon A.M.E. Church Reverend Robert Turner

“We know that they will protect Tulsans, they will protect our family members, they will protect our students, and our team members," Gist says.

"Our teachers and our support professionals. It will protect them from COVID-19 this school year.”

TPS released its back-to-school plan last week and said the district "expects" all students and adults to be wearing masks.

The district along with the rest of the districts in the state cannot mandate masks under current Oklahoma law.

MORE >>> Tulsa Public Schools expects masks for every adult and student this fall


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