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OSDH Weekly Briefing Recap

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health held a media briefing today, Oct. 27, 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.

BRIEFING HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Dr. Lance Frye resigned as Commissioner of Health last Friday.
    • We’re grateful for his service to the state of Oklahoma, and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.
    • Keith Reed will serve as interim commissioner during the search for a new Commissioner of Health.
  • OSDH is launching OSDHCI, a new COVID-19 case investigation program that empowers Oklahomans to take control over their health and their family’s health.
    • Through this optional program, residents with cell phones can receive their COVID-19 test results through a text message and complete their own case investigation online through an easy automated process.
    • This will make it more convenient for many Oklahomans to receive their test results. It will also help people who test positive notify their close contacts, employer or school if needed.
  • Yesterday, FDA advisers endorsed the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
    • The next step is for the CDC’s advisory committee to provide final authorization and clinical guidance, but we are hopeful that the vaccine will soon be available for younger children.
    • OSDH is prepared to start administration once the FDA and CDC make their final decision, with plenty of vaccine supply to support this rollout.
  • Last Thursday, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization and the CDC recommended the administration of a single booster dose of Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for certain eligible people.
    • Eligible Oklahomans can receive a booster dose of any of three of these vaccines right away.
      • You can find vaccine appointments in your area by visiting a local pharmacy, personal provider or local health department, using the state’s Vaccine Scheduler Portal, visiting vaccines.gov or calling 211.
    • The FDA and CDC also authorized a “mix-and-match” approach to the administration of booster doses, meaning that people can receive a booster dose from a different manufacturer than their initial vaccine series if needed.
      • It is recommended that, when possible, individuals receive the same vaccine used for initial immunization.
      • OSDH recommends discussing your options with your medical provider.
  • Thank you to everyone who has gotten their COVID-19 vaccine.
    • As of today:
      • The 7-day case average is down 71.5% from its peak on August 30.
      • Hospitalizations are down 67.2% from the same date.
      • 4,412,151 total doses have been administered.
      • 1,966,699 Oklahomans have completed the full series; this includes:
        • 49.7% of the total population
        • 61.4% of the adult population


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Last Modified on Oct 29, 2021
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