Public Health Officials Warn Of Falling Vaccine Demand After Low Turnout At IMMY Labs POD

Wednesday, April 7th 2021, 9:16 am
By: Tevis Hillis


IMMY Labs had 14,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine ready to go Tuesday, which would have been the largest vaccination event in the state. But less than 800 people showed up, leaving 94% of shots unused.

Now public health officials say Oklahomans need a more personal approach.

"We have reached out to our physicians statewide to try to get them more involved in office vaccine settings. Smaller groups," said Dr. Jean Hausheer with the Healthier Oklahoma Coalition.

"They have been doing surveys on where people want to get the vaccine, and getting them in the physician's office is at the top of the list," Dr. George Monks, the Oklahoma State Medical Association president. 

So, where do we stand?

The state is administering about 28,000 doses every day, which is up from past weeks.

But the demand at large points of distribution is not there anymore.

A 5% turnout is much smaller than expected.

News 9 asked the state how far it was willing to go to get Oklahomans vaccinated.

 In a statement, Keith Reed said, "we are certainly engaging in a paid media campaign to get the message out for people to get vaccinated. However, as a state agency, we will not engage in incentives or cashback."