State Health Leaders Working To Secure More Vaccines & Speed Up Vaccinations


Wednesday, January 6th 2021, 4:58 pm
By: Tevis Hillis


OKLAHOMA CITY -

About 29% of the vaccine doses in the state have been administered.

While health officials said the state is doing well with administering the vaccine, they expect to see that number much higher soon.

"We are certainly not satisfied with that number," said Deputy Health Commissioner Keith Reed.

At the end of December, the state had nearly 175,000 vaccines with 50,330 administered.

We're told an additional 46,000 vaccines will be delivered to the state this week, with a chunk of those allocated to CVS and Walgreens for long-term facilities.

As for getting more vaccines, the state said they request the maximum number they can, which changes every week, and so far, the state has not been denied any doses.

"We do not leave any of that on the table. Unfortunately, there is no way we can get more than that," said Reed.

As Oklahoma continues to receive doses each week, health leaders will turn their attention toward quickly administering the vaccine.

"We have seen this over the first couple of days. We're exceeding 10,000 to 12,000 a day is what is being put into the system," said Reed.

Signing up to get the vaccine has been a challenge for some.

Oklahomans who are 65 years old and older have concerns about not getting a vaccine appointment, but Reed said your time will come.

"Continue to sign up, continue to look for those opportunities to get vaccinated. Understand this is a process," said Reed.

The state said they are working to bridge the gap of those without technology by increasing their presence on the 211 hotline and leaving appointments off the app to sign up through different methods.