Oklahoma Utilizing Last-Minute Vaccines To Keep Doses From Being Wasted

Monday, March 1st 2021, 5:37 pm
By: Karl Torp

EDMOND, Oklahoma -

Oklahoma is ranked sixth in the nation when it comes to those vaccinated per 100,000 people.

According to the CDC, 1.1 million Oklahomans have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

For some people, that means being in the right place at the right time.

Passport Health in Edmond said between its three statewide clinics it usually has four to six vaccine doses a day it needs to get rid of before they expire.

So toward the end the day, it starts making calls from its 1,500 person phone list.

News 9 spoke to one metro man who got one of these doses, right after his wife, who has cancer, was getting her first shot. 

“She called me a little before 5 o’clock and said if you can be here in two mins, you can get the lose dose of the day,” said Terry Stokes.

On Monday, Stokes had an appointment for his second shot even though he’s not eligible.

“I feel incredibly blessed. I can’t believe it. I got lucky,” said Stokes.

Passport said it gets in such a hurry at filling spots at the end of the day that staff will go down the phone list, but won't leave a message.

It nobody answers, they go to the next person.