Nursing Home Residents, Staff To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Tuesday, December 22nd 2020, 7:51 am
By: Erica Rankin

Governor Kevin Stitt and State Health Commissioner Lance Frye will be present Tuesday when the first nursing home residents and staff get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Right now, the state is in phase one of its four-phase vaccine distribution plan, which is expected to last about a month.

Phase one includes nursing homes, long term care facilities and staff.

It is unclear exactly which COVID-19 vaccine will be given today - Pfizer of Moderna. But with either of them, a booster shot will be required after 21 days for Pfizer's or 28 for Moderna’s vaccine. 

Right now in Oklahoma, people ages 65 and up represent in total just over 14% of the state's cases. But In overall deaths in the state, that age group represents over 80% of them.

That is why state health commissioner lance Frye says the nursing home and long term care residents and staff were a top priority.

Today's vaccines will be given outside in a tent due to visiting restrictions at nursing homes.