CDC Provides Recommendation For COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution In Okla.

Wednesday, December 2nd 2020, 5:27 am
By: Caleb Califano

Advisers to the Center of Disease Control are recommending that health care workers and long term care facility residents should be the first in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available.

According to the State Health Department, in Oklahoma the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine should arrive in the state by December 10 at the earliest. 

The Moderna Vaccine will arrive a few weeks later on December 22. 

The state is expected to get around 30,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, compared to 10,000 doses from Moderna.

Both shots are still awaiting emergency FDA approval.

While the recommendations are clear on who should get the vaccine first, doctors say public distribution after that could be much more challenging.

"This is going to be one of the most challenging public health distribution efforts we've ever seen. It’s going to be hard to imagine this going off without a hitch,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja from Johns Hopkins.

Health experts say it could be months until a vaccine is readily and widely available to the public.