Federal Health Officials Recommend Booster Shoots For Pfizer & Moderna Vaccines


Friday, August 20th 2021, 7:38 am
By: Caleb Califano


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Federal health officials are recommending booster shots for people who have already gotten their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. 

Right now, the state is waiting for FDA and CDC approval and clinical guidance. If approved, the state will begin administering the doses as early as September 20. 

The booster shot would be recommended 8 months after a second dose. 

Those considered immuno-compromised are eligible for a booster dose first. 

The state also has more detailed numbers on where they stand on hospital beds. Currently there are a little more than 5,900 staffed beds statewide. 946 are considered ICU beds. 

On the pediatric side there are 296 staffed beds statewide, 53 designated as ICU. 

Health officials say in total 1,300 of those beds are currently occupied by a COVID patient, that's 22 percent of the beds. 

Across Oklahoma more than 3.5 million doses have been administered, with nearly 42 percent of the total population being fully vaccinated.