How Oklahomans Stacks Up When Receiving Their Second COVID-19 Vaccine Dose


Thursday, July 8th 2021, 11:45 am
By: Tevis Hillis


OKLAHOMA CITY -

The Delta variant of the coronavirus has grabbed the attention of doctors and epidemiologists alike.

If you're fully vaccinated, you have an approximately 88% chance at immunity.

If you only have one dose of Moderna or Pfizer's COVID-19 shots, however, your chances of immunity fall drastically.

The likelihood of immunity falls to 33%, which is the case for more than 250,000 Oklahomans who never get their second shot.

"Even if it has been a couple of months since you have gotten the first dose, get the second dose. There is no time limit," OU chief COVID officer Dr. Dale Bratzler said.  

Dr. Bratzler said the low rates of vaccinations could lead to COVID outbreaks, more hospitalizations and deaths.

The Delta variant is spreading quickly in Oklahoma and is already the dominant strain nationwide.

Right now, just short of 40% of the state is fully vaccinated.

The percentage puts us at 40th in the country. To make matters worse, fewer people are getting vaccinated every day.

"In the clinics we ran, we had a 10% no-show rate for the second dose,” Dr. Bratzler said. “We even made the appointment.”

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said some people might not have proper transportation or cannot take time off work.

Those who may have family or childcare obligations can receive help through the 211 helpline.