The Oklahoma State Department of Health said they’re moving into the second phase of their COVID-19 vaccination plan.
It includes first responders, some teachers, and people 65 years old and older. This is in addition to everyone in the first phase.
Bill Tucker is in his 70s. He and his wife plan to get vaccinated as soon as possible. He said the more people who can get the vaccine, the safer it will be to get back out in public.
“I’d love to be back to normal because I love talking to people and not having a mask on,” said Tucker.
Health officials said being able to distribute the vaccine to our senior citizens is key as COVID-19 cases continue to climb.
“And that’s because these are the folks who are more than likely to end up in the hospital,” said Dr. Douglas Drevets with OU Health. “More than likely to have a severe or fatal outcome from the infection.”
The OSDH said they are working with each county to set up different areas, called PODS, where people can be vaccinated. That's something Oklahomans who have spent most of their time at home are looking forward to.
The department said they will provide weekly updates on the amount of vaccines they should be getting for the coming weeks.