Starting Thursday, Oklahoma children between the ages of 12 to 15 can now get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
So far, the Tulsa Health Department and local health care providers have administered more than 400,000 doses of the vaccine in Tulsa County.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health said now that children who are 12 to 15 years old can now get vaccinated, this could mean more than 200,000 more Oklahomans can get vaccinated.
State leaders said this fall students will not be required to get the vaccine, but if they don’t and are exposed to a classmate or school employee who tests positive, the student will still need to quarantine for two weeks.
According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, children are less likely to get seriously ill from the virus, but they can still spread it to other classmates. Deputy Commissioner of Health, Keith Reed said this is going to help bring more normalcy to these kids.
“One of the big disruptions we saw last year was in the school systems, hopefully it eliminates or greatly reduces disruptions in the school year, in the education for these kids and also the socialization for these kids,” Reed said.
If you have any concerns or questions about getting the vaccine for your child, health leaders encourage you to reach out to your doctor.
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available on an appointment basis at the following Tulsa Health Department locations.
• James O. Goodwin Health Center | 5051 S. 129 E. Ave., Tulsa, OK
• Central Regional Health Center | 315 S. Utica, Tulsa, OK
• North Regional Health and Wellness Center | 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tulsa OK
• Sand Springs Health Center | 306 E. Broadway, Sand Springs, OK
To make an appointment, click here.