State Health Officials Host Q&A On COVID-19 Vaccines


Friday, December 18th 2020, 4:20 pm
By: Erica Rankin


OKLAHOMA CITY -

As the state anxiously waits for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, health officials Friday hosted a question and answer session on virus vaccines.

“We know that we will get vaccines for everyone in the state. We just don’t know when it will come in,” said Lance Frye, the State Commissioner of Health.

The Pfizer vaccine was granted emergency use authorization. Less than 72 hours after authorization, the vaccine arrived in Oklahoma.

Frontline workers among the first in the state who were able to line up and roll up their sleeves.

More than 2,200 of them have received it so far.

“We have heard of no reactions that fall into categories like we have told to watch for like the anaphylactic situations,” said Keith Reed, the Deputy Commissioner of Health. “I have no doubt that there are some sore arms out there a few here and there and some people may have experienced mild side effects.”

Just one dose doesn’t put people in the clear. Reed mentioned top immunity only happens after the booster shot.

“You won’t get maximum benefit (un)’til you get the second shot and then probably 10 days after that to get the full effect,” Reed said.

If you have already had COVID-19, health officials said you still will need to get the vaccine.

“We recommend they wait 90 days after their initial COVID positive, but they still need to get the vaccine,” said Dr. Frye.