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Vaccine FAQS


Vaccine Scheduler Portal

The Vaccine Scheduler Portal is an online scheduling tool to help Oklahomans determine when they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and help them schedule an appointment when it is their turn.

You can access the portal using your computer or mobile phone at http://vaccinate.oklahoma.gov/.

  • If you can’t access the internet or need assistance accessing the portal, we recommend you ask a family member or friend to assist you with the registration process.
  • If you prefer to use a phone, you can check your vaccine eligibility via phone.
  • Call 211 to determine if you’re eligible for an appointment.
  • We strongly encourage Oklahomans to use the portal if they are able for a quicker, more efficient registration.  

  • Anyone is able to pre-register and enter their information. However, only Oklahoma residents who are 65 years of age or older, as well as healthcare workers and first responders will be able to schedule appointments in the system.

  • Pre-registration allows anyone in Oklahoma to register their contact information with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and indicate that they would like to be notified when the vaccine is available to them.
  • After you enter your information, if you’re eligible to receive the vaccine, you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule your appointment.

  • The distribution of the vaccine is broken out into four broad phases in our plan. This allows us to plan generally for different scenarios, given the availability of a vaccine to the state.
  • Priority groups and populations are divided out by the four phases outlined.
    • Phase One
      • Long-term care residents and staff
      • Healthcare workers providing direct inpatient care
      • Public health staff conducting frontline COVID-19 pandemic mitigation
      • Oklahoma state licensed Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics
    • Phase Two
      • First responders, paid and unpaid
      • Healthcare workers providing direct COVID-19 outpatient care and services
      • Adults age 65 and older
      • Adults of any age with comorbidities
      • Teachers and staff in PreK-12 schools and educational settings
      • Staff and residents in congregate locations and worksites
      • Public health staff supporting frontline efforts
    • Phase Three
    • Phase Four
      • All Oklahoma residents

  • No, registering will not change when you receive your vaccine. There is no list for Oklahomans to be added to in order to be included in the state’s phased approach to vaccine distribution.
  • However, registering and providing your contact information will make it easier for the state to notify you when it is your turn.

  • When you use the portal to enter your information, a message will be sent to the email address you provide to let you know if you are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time.
    • If you are part of a priority group currently eligible to receive the vaccine, you will be able to schedule your appointment. The email will direct you to the portal to schedule your appointment.

  • If you are part of a priority group currently eligible to receive the vaccine, you will be able to register immediately for your appointment. The email you receive after registration will direct you back to the portal to schedule your appointment based on vaccine availability at the location you select.
  • Once you schedule your appointment, a confirmation email will be sent to you with a QR code and a record of your appointment time and location.
  • You will also receive email reminders as your appointment date approaches.
  • You will need a photo ID and the QR code from your confirmation email to check in to your appointment on the day of.

  • If you qualify to sign up for an appointment at this point in time, you should receive a link to sign up for an appointment once they become available.
  • Due to the high volume of sign-ups at this time, it’s possible that time slots may be limited. Please note, appointment availability is dependent on the current vaccine supply in each county. 
  • The best time each week to check for available appointments is between 5 p.m. on Wednesday to 8 a.m. on Thursday. However, you can use your sign-up link to check for appointments at any time. 

  • The number of appointments depends on the availability of the vaccine. The state and counties receive a weekly supply of the vaccine that determines the number of appointments that can be booked. With demand being so high, it is expected that time slots will fill up quickly.
  • If all slots are filled, you can check back periodically for the next available appointment. The best times each week to check for appointments are between 5 p.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. on Thursday.

  • This is likely because you’re not in the current phase group, but you will be notified when the vaccine is available to you.
  • It should be noted that registering early does not guarantee an appointment slot when your phase opens; it simply makes the booking process quicker.

  • Currently, there are only two emails that you should expect from this system. One is a registration confirmation email and the other is a phase confirmation email that contains a link to set up an appointment. 

  • If a user has to abandon a registration session, be advised that they will need to wait 24 hours for the system to reset before being able to use the same email address again.

  • The portal does not allow for changes after a form is submitted.
  • If you made a mistake on your registration or need to update information, individuals will need to register their information again with a new email address.

  • You will be able to cancel or reschedule your appointment through the Vaccine Scheduler Portal. However, because these appointments are in high demand we ask that you schedule carefully to avoid any potential conflicts.

  • Unfortunately, if you miss your appointment you will have to reschedule and book another appointment at the next available time slot. As these time slots are high in demand, please remember to mark your calendars and set reminders in order to avoid missing appointments.

  • The COVID-19 vaccines currently in use require a second dose. You need both doses in order for the vaccine to work correctly.
  • Once you attend your first vaccine appointment, you will receive a follow-up email with a countdown and an opportunity to schedule your second dose appointment.

  • The same email may be used to register people in your household, however each registration must be entered separately. You may register other members of your household by entering their individual information into the system. As appointments become available for each individual, they will be notified via email.

  • When you’re eligible to receive the vaccine, you’ll receive an email with a direct link that is unique to you to sign up for available appointments. We recommend bookmarking or keeping this link handy in your inbox as you will need to use it to check back for new appointment slots each week.
  • If you’re having trouble finding available appointments, we encourage you to check back periodically throughout the week for new openings. The best time each week to check for new appointments is between 5 p.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. on Thursday.

  • The portal currently does not support additional languages. However, an upcoming update of the system will have Spanish capabilities. We will provide more information as it becomes available regarding upcoming updates to the registration system.  

For the media release specific to the Vaccine Scheduler Portal, visit:

For FAQs regarding scheduling your vaccine appointment, visit:

To view the complete statewide vaccination framework, visit:


 

Is the Vaccine Safe?

  • The vaccines that will be available to Oklahomans are safe and effective. The FDA has rigorous scientific and regulatory processes in place that ensure the safety, effectiveness and quality of COVID-19 vaccines. Throughout the entire process, the vaccines were evaluated for their safety and efficacy. Oklahomans should feel confident in receiving the vaccines.
  • Both the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine have been shown in late-stage vaccine trials to be safe and very effective - 94.5% and 95% effective, respectively.
  • We encourage all Oklahomans to receive the vaccine when it becomes available to them.

  • No, the vaccine went through all the usual FDA-required assessments and regulatory processes.
  • With scientists and manufacturers around the world all focusing on combating COVID-19, parts of the vaccine production and manufacturing process were run concurrently.
  • The FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine is as safe and effective as any other FDA-approved vaccine.

  • mRNA vaccines are a type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein — or even just a piece of a protein — that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
  • COVID-19 mRNA vaccines give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the “spike protein.” The spike protein is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19. Our immune systems recognize that the protein doesn’t belong there and begin building an immune response and making antibodies, like what happens in natural infection against COVID-19.
  • At the end of the process, our bodies have learned how to protect against future infection.
  • The benefit of mRNA vaccines, like all vaccines, is that those vaccinated gain this protection without having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19.



When You'll Get the Vaccine.

Oklahoma’s CDC-approved distribution plan will ensure the vaccine is available to all Oklahomans, regardless of where in the state they live — starting with the healthcare professionals who put their health on the line to keep us safe.
The first doses of the vaccine arrived on December 14th and are being reserved for priority groups, starting with frontline health care professionals who are working day and night to keep Oklahomans safe.

This doesn’t mean the vaccine will be available to everyone right away. There will be a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020, but supply will continually increase in the following weeks until all Oklahomans are able to choose whether to receive the vaccine. View our complete vaccine framework for additional details about availability and access.

  • Priority populations for Oklahoma were chosen as a combination of guidelines from the CDC and needs that are specific to our state.
  • The OSDH and public health entities across the state assessed existing data sources for each of the populations identified. State and national datasets helped identify our needs, and informed our decision in determining our most vulnerable populations.  

  • COVID-19 vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be provided to Americans free of charge.


 

What to do Once you Get the Vaccine.

  • Even once you have the vaccine, it is vital that you continue to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone should continue to wear a mask, wash their hands and watch their distance. Stopping a pandemic requires all the tools available.
  • We know the vaccine is effective at protecting recipients from COVID-19 — but you may still be able to spread it to others.
    • The vaccine is designed to protect you, but is not a replacement for taking action to protect others.
  • Right now, CDC has not determined if or when it will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
    • Medical experts still need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before making that decision.
  • These actions, in conjunction with the vaccine plan, can make a huge difference in keeping our families and communities safe and healthy in the long term.

  • We recommend you receive the vaccine, even if you have already had COVID-19.
  • The protection someone gains from having an infection (called natural immunity) varies depending on the disease, and it varies from person to person. Since this virus is new, we don’t know how long natural immunity might last.
  • The CDC reports that some early evidence suggests that natural immunity may not last very long.
  • Getting the vaccine, even if you already had COVID-19, will help you protect yourself and others.

  • You may still be able to spread COVID-19 to others even after you are vaccinated.
  • Medical experts still need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide.
  • For this reason, we recommend all Oklahomans continue to follow the 3 W’s even once you receive the vaccine.

  • COVID-19 vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be provided to Americans free of charge.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)