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OSDH Weekly Briefing Recap

Friday, October 15, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health held a media briefing today, Oct. 14, to provide updates on the state’s response to COVID-19.

Below, please see highlights from the discussion. A recording of the briefing can be found here.


  • OSDH is finalizing its annual reconciliation of COVID-19 infection data, including deaths and cases, in Oklahoma in 2020.
    • The official numbers from the completed review will be published on Saturday, so we anticipate a one-time adjustment to case and death averages reported next week.
      • We estimate an increase of 1,366 cases and 1,053 deaths.
      • Since the CDC does not report over the weekend, numbers will appear in data counts starting on Monday, October 18, and will also be reflected in OSDH’s October 20 Weekly Epidemiology Report.
    • This was done as part of a typical annual review process that all states must complete in accordance with CDC disease surveillance and reporting guidelines for “nationally notifiable” communicable diseases — not just COVID-19.
    • OSDH will continue to use the CDC’s total COVID-19 death count for public reporting purposes.
  • The FDA advisory committee met today to discuss Emergency Use Authorization for Moderna boosters, and tomorrow they will meet to discuss Johnson & Johnson boosters.
    • As of today, the FDA advisory committee has recommended the Moderna booster shot for many Americans.
    • Following the final verdict and further information from the FDA advisory committee, we will await further guidance from the CDC advisory committee.
    • OSDH is prepared to begin distribution and our state has plenty of vaccine supply from all three manufacturers.
    • We continue to encourage any eligible Oklahomans to receive their booster dose as an additional layer of protection against COVID-19.
  • Thank you to everyone who has gotten their COVID-19 vaccine. As of today:
    • 4,290,212 total doses have been administered
    • 1,924,626 Oklahomans have completed the full series; this includes:
      • 48.6% of the total population
      • 60.1% of the adult population
      • 80.7% of the 65+ population
    • 2,280,293 Oklahomans have received at least 1 dose; this includes:
      • 57.6% of the total population
      • 71.1% of the adult population
      • 93.4% of the 65+ population


Last Modified on Oct 15, 2021