Local physicians said that they are expecting COVID-19 vaccines to arrive to their offices next week.
Making vaccines available in an office setting has added to the many places in Oklahoma you can find a vaccine.
Physicians have said they hope having it in their office that more people will jump at the opportunity to get it.
“Getting the vaccine into doctors’ offices is one of the best ways to ensure Oklahomans have access to vaccine,” said Dr. Rachel Franklin, the Medical Director for OU Health Physicians Family Medicine.
Some physicians have even said that patients won’t get the vaccine until it goes to their doctor’s office.
“I personally have had patients tell me that they are not going to get the vaccine who are waiting to get it because they want it from our office,” said Dr. Mary Clarke, the President of the Oklahoma State Medical Association.
Both doctors hope that the trust relationship between a physician and a patient will help propel vaccination upward.
This week the state administered just shy of 98,000 first and second doses. That is almost a 42,000 decline from the week before.
“There are 1742 providers offices across the state of Oklahoma that have enrolled in this program,” said Clarke.
Bringing in the COVID-19 vaccine to their offices does present logistical challenges, like monitoring patients for 15 minutes after the shot, storing the doses.
However– both said it is worth it when a patient can come in to their office and get it on the spot/
“And I am so excited to say next week we will be able to say, ‘yes we do, we will get you taken care of,’” said Franklin.
The vaccine will come from the state’s supply.