Health Experts Rethink How To Administer COVID Vaccines After Low Turnout At Vaccination Events


Friday, April 9th 2021, 5:10 pm
By: Karl Torp


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Oklahoma's vaccination momentum could use a shot in the arm. The state’s vaccination rate is dropping compared to the rest of the country.

That has medical experts rethinking how to best get the doses out to people.

This week, large vaccine POD events in the Oklahoma City metro had very limited turnout.

“Whether is apathy (or) hesitancy, we need to figure out better ways,” said OU Health's COVID Chief Dr. Dale Bratzler on administering the vaccine.

Bratzler said we should expect more smaller vaccinations events at individual high schools, churches and places of work.

At a large vaccine event on Wednesday at the state fairgrounds, Johnson & Johnson's single dose shot was requested the most.

Bratzler said the single dose could help restart Oklahoma's vaccination momentum.

“It’s difficult to get populations of people back, so I think it’s going to be very useful in rural communities where is difficult to get people back to a certain place,” Bratzler said.

So far, 2.2 million vaccine doses have been administered in Oklahoma.