Oklahoma Set To Receive COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week, OSDH Says

Thursday, December 3rd 2020, 5:15 pm

The state Department of Health released new information on when we can expect the COVID-19 vaccine to arrive in Oklahoma.

Even with the vaccine, state Commissioner of Health Lance Frye is urging Oklahomans to not let their guard down.

"Oklahoma will receive about 33,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and around 10,000 of the Moderna vaccine,” Frye said.

Oklahoma is expected to receive the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine between December 11 and 14.

The FDA has a hearing December 10 to discuss emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine.

When the first doses do arrive, Frye stressed these doses will not be for the general public.

These will be for the frontline workers, long-term care providers and residents and public health staff. The vaccine will most likely be available to the public in early 2021.

After the first dose of he vaccines are out, then the boosters will follow.

Under the emergency use authorization it is not mandated that frontline workers get the vaccine, but Frye said if we want things to go back to somewhat "normal" pre-COVID-19 life, they need people to believe in the vaccine and get it.

"Absolutely get this vaccine. I have no hesitation personally about taking it, and I would highly encourage them to do that,” said Frye.