The state health department will begin a statewide texting campaign to reach Oklahomans with information about the COVID-19 vaccine, the department announced Wednesday.
The planned text messages will be sent to residents in areas across the state that have seen lower vaccination uptake rates, the Oklahoma State Department of Health said.
The text messages will be sent by real people and will identify as sent on behalf of OSDH. The message will come from an Oklahoma area code depending on where the Oklahoma resident lives.
Oklahomans can send follow up questions or requests for more information with an option to reply in Spanish. Recipients can also opt-out of receiving the messages at any time.
“We are hopeful to reach Oklahomans with additional information about the vaccine to help them make an informed decision about whether to receive it,” said OSDH Deputy Commissioner Keith Reed. “The text messages are not a scam and will never request personal information or money from the recipients. These are intended to provide information regarding available appointments near them and encourage people to learn more about getting the vaccine.”
There will be a series of three text messages distributed across the state.
Residents can expect to receive them within two to three days after the following dates:
Click here to use the state's vaccine appointment portal.