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Tulsa Public Schools partners with health department to offer staff, 65 and older, COVID-19 vaccine

Tulsa Public Schools
Posted at 10:10 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 11:10:07-05

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public Schools is partnering with the Tulsa Health Department to offer coronavirus vaccines to team members who are 65 and older, starting on Wednesday.

Officials said the health department will begin vaccinations for any nurses, health care assistants and staff members 65 and older on the morning of Jan. 13th at Carver Middle School .

This comes after Governor Kevin Stitt announced new COVID-19 guidelines for schools in Oklahoma to help get students back in the classroom.

READ MORE: Gov. Stitt announces new COVID-19 guidelines for schools in Oklahoma

During the announcement, Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye said the state is working on getting teachers age 65 and over vaccinated. The remainder of the teachers will get vaccinated as soon as it becomes available. In addition, the state is doubling coronavirus tests provided to schools to encourage frequent testing, and it's increasing masks and PPE to schools as well.

Several Green County schools are reacting to Gov. Kevin Stitt's new guidelines, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister, who said she would not support the disregard of quarantine guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tulsa Public Schools said they are committed to using science to inform decisions and plan to carefully review the studies referenced by the governor and his team.

READ MORE: Green Country school districts react to new quarantine guidelines

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