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OSDH Vaccine Update 02.09.2021

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

OSDH will provide an end-of-day update on progress following any media availability or press conferences. 

If you weren’t able to attend today’s media availability with State Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye and Deputy Commissioner Keith Reed, click here to download the recording.

Updates as of 8 a.m. on Friday, February 9: 

  • 715,222 Oklahomans have registered through the portal to receive notifications on eligibility.
    • Phase 1: 23,053
    • Phase 2 (currently eligible groups): 410,839
    • 164,067 appointments have been scheduled by Oklahomans eligible to receive the vaccine
      • More appointments will continue to be added throughout the week, so OSDH recommends that people continue checking the system on an ongoing basis.
  • Due to inclement weather, some county health departments and PODS across the state are rescheduling vaccine appointments.
    • We’d like to remind Oklahomans with appointments that safety is our top priority. Do not feel obligated to leave your home if road conditions are poor and potentially dangerous in your area.
    • PODS closures are up to the discretion of local county health departments. A list of closures across the state can be found here.
    • If your local POD site or vaccination clinic is closed, you will be contacted by your local county health department as soon as possible to reschedule.
    • We do not anticipate significant vaccine waste related to cancelled and rescheduled appointments.
  • Additionally, due to inclement weather, a one-time exception has been granted to IMMY today to open appointments to adults over the age of 18 with comorbidities.
    • This exception only applies to IMMY Lab’s Clinics for today, February 9 — not to future clinics or to the state as a whole.
    • This exception was made as a quick adjustment to ensure resources are not wasted and vaccines are distributed with no unnecessary delay.
    • This will not change the overall framework or strategy of the state’s priority phase plan.
    • Additional updates will be made available as vaccine supply allows us to open more clinics to Oklahomans with comorbidities.
  • Update on FEMA Megapods:
    • In spite of previous federal guidance, we learned that FEMA Megapods will not include a separate federal vaccine allocation.
    • Moving forward in establishing Megapods would require diverting a large portion of state allocated vaccine supply, which would disrupt efforts to continue the rollout in an equitable manner across the state.
    • We are holding on moving forward on this opportunity.
    • We will continue to monitor other potential FEMA resources and requests that will enhance Oklahoma’s efforts moving forward.
  • As we move through the plan, many people are scheduling their second dose of the vaccine.
    • Because there are a number of avenues for scheduling your vaccine appointment, including the vaccine portal, local providers and county health departments, the instructions you received about scheduling your second dose may vary.
    • You can find Frequently Asked Questions with specific pathways for getting your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at https://oklahoma.gov/covid19/vaccine-information/vaccine-faqs.html.
  • Current priority groups that are eligible for vaccine appointments as part of Phase 2 of the vaccine plan:
    • Healthcare workers
      • Expanded healthcare worker group such as allied health fields and general outpatient health service (i.e. behavioral health, dentists)
    • First responders
    • Oklahomans aged 65+

Additional Resources:

For FAQs regarding scheduling your vaccine appointment, visit:
https://oklahoma.gov/covid19/vaccine-information/vaccine-faqs.html

To use the Vaccine Scheduler Portal, visit:
https://vaccinate.oklahoma.gov
If you would like to learn more about your eligibility, but cannot access the internet, please call 211 or your local health department.

For the media release specific to the vaccine registration portal, visit: 
https://oklahoma.gov/covid19/newsroom/2021/january/osdh-launches-online-portal-for-easy-covid-19-vaccine-registrati.html

To view the complete statewide vaccination framework, visit: 
https://oklahoma.gov/covid19/vaccine-information.html