OSDH: All Adults Eligible For COVID Vaccine By May 1 A Real Possibility


Monday, March 15th 2021, 6:15 am
By: Caleb Califano


The Oklahoma State Department of Health says 745,000 Oklahomans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

President Joe Biden says he wants all adults to be eligible for a shot by May 1st.

The OSDH believes that's a goal they can easily accomplish.

"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 health. “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 is ranked seventh in the nation when it comes to vaccines given per capita.

At last check, more than 12% of the total population has been vaccinated.

The state is also ahead of schedule on vaccinating teachers. Governor Kevin Stitt says the shots were made available to all teachers before Spring Break this week.

More than two million Oklahomans are now eligible for the vaccine under phase three of the state's rollout plan.

The state health department says the state has a steady vaccine supply coming this week.