Twenty-one thousand more Oklahomans are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine Monday, and the state health agency has a very clear message that now is the time to be selfish.
"We are reaching a point now where we those people to go ahead and step up. Let us start getting vaccinated. Let us vaccinate everyone eligible. Let us get them taken care of and create the barrier against transmission COVID-19," said Deputy Commissioner of Health, Keith Reed.
They say the state's vaccine supply increases weekly, so vaccines are open to the expanded eligibility pole now at jails, public transit sites, and homeless shelters.
The state says it's on track for the ambitious goal of vaccinating all teachers and staff by spring break. And anyone eligible from Phases 1 and 2 should book an appointment before Phase 3 starts.
The state is one of the best vaccinators in the country. Oklahoma ranks 7th in the country thanks to the 11.6% of the population that has been fully vaccinated.
"As soon as we recognize that we have a larger supply than demand, then we will open up another group," said Reed.
Reed expects Oklahoma to be in Phase 3 by April.
If you need help booking an appointment, call the 211 hotlines for assistance.