New Survey Indicates Positive Reaction To Oklahomans Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

Tuesday, December 29th 2020, 10:24 pm
By: Erica Rankin

The state is moving through its four-phase vaccine distribution plan swiftly.

With phase two just around the corner, the Oklahoma State Department of Health has initiated vaccination "PODS,” which is points of dispensing sites.

These will be located across the state and will allow Oklahomans, who are set to in the coming weeks, to go there and get the vaccine.

Initial groups that will receive the vaccine in PODS include first responders and health care workers outside of hospital settings.

Next, will then be Oklahomans who are 65 and older.

Health leaders are excited vaccines are being rolled out but even more excited to know more Oklahomans are willing to get it.

"The uptake when the vaccine has been received, I think everyone is now satisfied with the safety data,” said Phil Maytubby, the Chief Operating Officer for the OCCHD. “Realizing making the vaccine wasn't rushed."

In a recent survey conducted by Amber Integrated for the state, 78 % of 1,500 Oklahomans believe the vaccines are safe and effective.

Also, 65%, intend to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to them.

Data, State Health Commissioner Lance Frye was happy to see.

"We're pleased to see the results of this survey indicate most Oklahomans are confident in the safety of vaccines - as are we,” said Frye.

As of last Friday, the state has received nearly 125,000 doses of the vaccine.

OSDH is expecting about 175,000 by the end of the year.