Oklahoma Is On Pace For All Adults To Be Eligible For COVID Vaccine Before May 1, OSDH Says


Friday, March 12th 2021, 5:03 pm
By: Erica Rankin


President Joe Biden announced on Thursday his goal for all the country is to have all adults eligible for the vaccine by May 1.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said they were confident they would have all Oklahomans eligible before May 1.

"I anticipate that we will be open to all Oklahomans before May 1 and we will have vaccine available,” said Keith Reed, OSDH deputy commissioner of heath. “That doesn’t necessarily mean that everybody will be able to get vaccinated before that date, but I feel like we will have a system rolled out that we will have vaccine available and appointments available."

Oklahoma sits at seventh in the nation for percent of population vaccinated, according to the CDC. Right now, more than 12% of the population is vaccinated and the state has given out nearly 1.4 million doses.

"We're not complacent though we still have a lot of work to do we want to encourage Oklahomans to step up and get vaccinated,” said Reed.

This week, the OSDH opened up vaccine eligibility to phase 3, allowing phases 1 through 3 to sign up for vaccine appointments.

Reed said with a steady vaccine supply coming in the next week, it is time for Oklahomans to step up and get the shot.

“I would kind of appeal to people that it is a part of your duty,” said Reed. “To be a part of the solution.”