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COVID-19 Vaccine Help Videos

Booster Dose

  • The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now available for administration as follows:
    • The CDC recommends in the following should receive a booster shot:
      • Individuals 65 years of age and older and residents of long-term care facilities;
      • Individuals 50 to 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions;
  • Additionally, the CDC recommends the following may receive a booster shot:
    • Individuals 18 to 49 years of age with underlying medical conditions and
      upon consideration of individual benefits and risk.
    • Individuals 18 to 64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting
  • Those that qualify are eligible to receive their booster shot six-months after the completion of their vaccine series (after their second dose).
  • Verification of being high-risk is not required. A patient may attest to having a chronic condition or institutional or occupational exposure risk at the time of their appointment.

  • Contact your healthcare provider who is currently overseeing your care.
  • Contact your local pharmacy who is currently filling your prescription medications.
  • Visit Vaccine Finder at vaccines.gov.  

If you’ve registered with the portal previously:

  • First, try using the “Book your vaccine appointment here” link in one of your previously sent email
    • The link may direct you to the map of available vaccine locations where you can select and book an appointment.
  • If you receive an error when trying to use the previous email, please re-register using an alternate phone number or email address that is different than your first registration.
    • The phone number can belong to you, or a family member or friend.
    • After registering and booking your appointment, you will be able to change your information by telling the clerk when you arrive at the vaccination site.
  • If you have used an invitation code in the past sent to you from the vaccination site, the old code should not be entered when trying to book a third dose.
    • Simply leave the space blank, or answer “no” to the question asking if you received an invitation code and proceed to entering the captcha and selecting “next”.
    • Invitation codes were sent to a small number of people to accommodate vaccine clinics not open to the public and specifically set up for small groups, businesses, schools, etc.

If you’ve never registered with the portal:

Need Assistance? Call 2-1-1; a call center team member can help find and book your appointment.

County Health Departments Vaccination Availability

  • County health departments are offering vaccine availability with several options. At this time, appointments are available on the portal and through walk-in or by calling your local health department directly.
  • Nearly all county health departments offer walk-in appointments on a first come, first serve basis while crowds are manageable. Please check your local health department’s Facebook page and/or website for days and times of walk-in clinics in your area.

VACCINE SAFETY

● The vaccines that are 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.
● All three vaccines available to Oklahomans now have been proven highly effective to keep you from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19.
● We encourage all Oklahomans to receive the vaccine when it becomes available to them.  

  • The Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine are quite similar, as they both use mRNA technology to produce an immune response against the COVID-19 spike protein. They both require two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.
  • All three vaccines are highly effective to protect you from COVID-19. This includes people over the age of 65, as well as adults with underlying health problems that put them at high risk for COVID-19.
  • As of August 23, 2021, the FDA has granted full approval to Pfizer's mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for use in the United States for individuals 16 years of age and older. The Pfizer vaccine is still under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for individuals 12-15 years of age.
  • The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are under Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA, meaning they are safe, effective and ready for Americans to use.
  • The best COVID-19 vaccine is the one you can get right away. All three vaccines will help significantly to reduce your chances of getting seriously ill or dying as a result of COVID-19.

  • 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.
  • As of August 23, 2021, the FDA has granted full approval to Pfizer's mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for use in the United States for individuals 16 years of age and older. The Pfizer vaccine is still under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for individuals 12-15 years of age.
  • The FDA emergency authorized COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) are as safe and effective as any other FDA-approved vaccine.

● After vaccination, you may experience some common side effects, which are normal signs that your immune system is functioning properly and your body is building protection.
● The following side effects are normal and a sign that your body is building protection against the virus. Everyone is unique — some experience mild to moderate side effects, while others have none.
● The side effects commonly reported for the COVID-19 vaccine are in line with those of other common vaccines, like the flu shot.
● Side effects could include soreness, redness or swelling on the arm where you got the shot. You might feel fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills or fever.
● Any side effects should go away after a few days.
● We recommend you reach out to your personal provider with any concerns or questions about side effects.
● For updated information please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html.  

  • 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.

● As any additional vaccines obtain FDA Emergency Use Authorization, we will keep the public informed as we receive information on how many doses Oklahoma will receive and when.
● We await more information on these vaccines and will continue to work with the CDC on the distribution of FDA-approved vaccines as they become available.

  • COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.
  • Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. These data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.
  • There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men. 

  • Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time.
  • Multiple variants are circulating globally and within the United States.
  • There are currently four variants of concern in Oklahoma:
    • B.1.1.7 (Alpha)
    • B.1.351 (Beta)
    • B.1.617.2 (Delta)
    • P.1 (Gamma)
  • The widespread of variants in Oklahoma reinforces the importance of seeking out testing if you are symptomatic. We urge Oklahomans to get tested if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated.
  • Identifying and tracing new variants is critical to our ability to mitigate community transmission of the virus.  

  • FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines protect against Delta and other known variants.
  • These vaccines are effective at keeping people from getting COVID-19, getting very sick and dying.
  • People who are vaccinated are also less likely to spread COVID-19.
  • As we continue to monitor and learn about variants of COVID-19, we will keep the public updated on our findings.
  • Medical professionals advise that we continue to follow the 3 W’s (wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance), limit your exposure to others and consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine.  

  • As variants emerge and the virus continues to spread, we may see breakthrough cases of COVID-19.
  • Breakthrough cases are cases of COVID-19 that occur after someone has been fully vaccinated.
  • They happen in only a small percentage of vaccinated people, but it’s possible for them to occur.
  • The more people that get vaccinated, the less the virus will be able to spread from person to person, reducing the likelihood of breakthrough cases.  

WHAT TO DO ONCE YOU GET THE VACCINE

  • Data shows the vaccine is very effective against severe illness from COVID-19, including protection against variants. But, until Oklahoma has more of its population vaccinated, it is vital you continue to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Continuing to take preventative measures like the 3 W’s (wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance) will keep cases from rising significantly and prevent further hospitalizations.
  • In addition to the 3 W’s, we’re encouraging Oklahomans to consider a checklist when assessing personal health risk and taking precautions against COVID-19: who you are, where you are and what you’re doing.
    • Who you are – Consider your personal health circumstance.
    • Where you are – Are you indoors or at a crowded event?
    • What you’re doing – Are you with other vaccinated people or doing a physical activity?
  • Asking yourself these questions about your individual situation can help guide your decision about which mitigation strategies make the most sense for you and your family.  

  • 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.
  • Getting the vaccine, even if you already had COVID-19, will help you protect yourself and others.
  • COVID-19 vaccines offer better protection than natural immunity alone. Unvaccinated individuals are more than twice as likely to be reinfected with COVID-19 than those who were fully vaccinated after initially contracting the virus.  

  • Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. However, preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others.
  • Out of an abundance of caution, we recommend all Oklahomans continue to follow the 3 W’s (wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance) even once you receive the vaccine to protect those around you who have not yet received the vaccine.  

● The CDC advises that fully vaccinated people can travel both within the United States and internationally.
● If you travel, you should still wear a mask in public places.
● You do not need to get a COVID-19 test before arriving in another country unless required to do so by authorities at the destination. However, you should have a negative test result before boarding a flight back to the U.S., and should also get tested 3-5 days after you return home.
● If you are not vaccinated, OSDH and the CDC still recommend you avoid travel, especially air travel, if at all possible.

There are a few ways you can obtain proof of COVID-19 vaccination:


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.
● Remember, the scheduler portal is just one way to schedule your vaccine appointment in the state. You can also check vaccines.gov or check with your local provider for available appointments in your area.
● You can also follow OSDH on social media for real-time updates on vaccine events around the state.

○ Twitter: @HealthyOklahoma
○ Facebook: facebook.com/OklahomaHealth
○ Instagram: @HealthyOklahoma

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 your local county health department or 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.  

● All Oklahomans ages 12+ are eligible to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine now. If you are 12 or older, you can receive the Pfizer vaccine. Please note, a parent or guardian must be present at the vaccination site to give consent. Please note, parent or guardian consent is required for those under 18.
● Please note that eligibility does not guarantee an appointment will be available to you. Appointment availability is solely dependent on vaccine supply in each county.

  • 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.

● When you use the portal to enter your information, a message will be sent to the email address you provide to help you schedule your 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.

● Those who wish to use the portal in Spanish can access it at the following link: https://vaccinate.oklahoma.gov/.
● Once an individual navigates to the portal, there will be a prompt at the top of the page asking for preferred language.
● Using the dropdown menu below the prompt, individuals can switch the language into Spanish and the portal will update upon selecting that option.
● For individuals who select Spanish as their preferred language through the portal, all subsequent email communications will be in Spanish.

  • Due to system security, If you begin filling out the registration form or scheduling an appointment and abandon it midway through, it’s likely you will have to wait 24 hours before you can access the forms again using your previously supplied email address.

  • 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.

Portal Notifications

● Your confirmation email may take 24-48 hours to arrive once you register. You should receive it shortly.

● 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 you’re eligible and have not scheduled an appointment yet, a new email is generated every 4 days with a link and a reminder to schedule an appointment.
  • Please remember that these emails serve as a reminder and that appointment availability is not guaranteed. Appointment availability is dependent on vaccine supply in each county.
     

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:


Scheduling Your First Appointment

● You will be able to schedule your appointment shortly after you register. 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. It may take 24-48 hours to receive this email after you register.
● 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.

● It’s important to note that appointment availability is dependent on the current vaccine supply in each county.
● We recommend checking back weekly on Thursdays for more available appointment slots, or checking with a local provider for appointments that may be available outside of the portal.  

● You will be able to cancel or reschedule your appointment through the Vaccine Scheduler Portal.  

  • 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.

● If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you will need to return for a second dose. You need both doses in order for the vaccine to work correctly.
● See “Scheduling your second appointment” for detailed instructions on how to schedule your second dose.
● If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you do not need a second dose.

● Once you register in the portal, 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.

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


Scheduling Your Second Appointment

  • Because there are a number of ways that you may have scheduled your first dose, and because individual local providers have different procedures for vaccine appointment follow-up, you may or may not have received specific instructions for scheduling your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • We encourage all Oklahomans to be their own best patient advocate and to ask during their first dose appointment what the best process is for scheduling the second dose.
  • Below, please see solutions for scheduling your second dose appointment, depending on how you scheduled your first:
    • Path A: If you received specific instructions from the staff at the time you received your first dose, follow those instructions.
      • They may have given you a card or told you to come back at a certain day/time to receive your second dose. This is your appointment.
      • You do not need to schedule an appointment, they have already set it for you.
    • Path B: If you used the portal to register and schedule your first dose, use the portal to book your second dose.
      • After your first dose appointment is complete, you will receive an email with a link to book your second dose.
      • Use that link to locate the vaccine center location, date and time you want to receive your second dose.
      • Look for vaccine clinics entitled “BOOSTER 2nd DOSE,” as these clinics have been specifically set up to serve people seeking their second dose.
    • Path C: If you did not use the portal to register or schedule your first dose, you can still use the portal to book ONLY a second dose.
      • You should register at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov, paying special attention to the question asking “Will this be your first COVID-19 vaccine dose?” Be sure to answer “no” to this question to indicate you are seeking your second dose.
      • After you answer “no” you will receive a series of questions. The first question will be “Was your first vaccine appointment booked from this portal?” You should answer “no.”
      • You will then be asked, “Please select from the dropdown list below to show your vaccine type - Pfizer or Moderna.” You will need to indicate the type of vaccine you received for your first dose. This can be found on the immunization record card that was given to you at the time you received your first dose.
    • Path D: If you used the portal to register and schedule your first dose, but you haven’t received an email with a link to book your second dose, you can re-register through the portal.
      • Before you re-register, check your spam folder to ensure your email isn’t there. We have received many reports of confirmation emails going to spam folders, so there is a good chance it may have gone to spam.
      • As you re-register through the portal, you will need to use either a new email address, or additional details in your name (for example, spelling out your full, legal middle name). You cannot re-register with identical personal information.
      • You are able to re-register and indicate you are seeking your second dose by following the instructions for “Path C” above.
    • Path E: If all else fails, you can call 211 and they can assist in scheduling your appointment. You will need to provide your name and phone number and tell the call center staff that you need a second dose appointment call back. A staff member from the health department in your county of residence will return your call within 7-10 business days to manually schedule your second dose appointment outside the scheduling portal. We recommend this solution as a last resort because it will take much longer to arrange your appointment this way, and we ask your patience as our county health department staff work to set up your appointment.
       

● It’s recommended you should get your second dose 21-28 (depending on which vaccine) days after your first dose of the vaccine. However, it can be longer if needed, as the timeline is flexible.
● You do not need to schedule your second dose appointment on exactly the 21-day or 28-day timeline.
● If it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval and a delay in vaccination is unavoidable, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be administered up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. There is currently limited data on the efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines administered beyond this window.
● If the second dose is administered beyond these intervals, there is no need to restart the series.

● If you used the Vaccine Scheduler Portal to schedule your appointment, the sign up form will contain an option to indicate whether you received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine for your first dose. This information is then passed on to staff at your PODS location, ensuring you’ll receive the correct vaccine.
● If you received your vaccine from a pandemic provider, personal medical provider or local pharmacy, we recommend you reach out to the location where you received your first dose to confirm your second dose.

● Unless otherwise listed in the event title, all county health departments and PODS locations will be supplied with both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
● Events/locations carrying the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be labeled in the portal, and may be labeled as “Janssen” (the manufacturer name) rather than “Johnson & Johnson.”

SCHEDULING YOUR THIRD APPOINTMENT (immunocompromised only)

  • People diagnosed with conditions that result in moderate to severe levels of immunocompromised
  • Immunocompromised individuals age 12 and older for Pfizer, and age 18 and older for Moderna.
  • An additional dose is not recommended for those who received the Janssen (J&J) vaccine.
  • Individuals with other, non-immunocompromised conditions (including but not limited to chronic disease or residing in group living arrangements considered high-risk settings) are not recommended to receive an additional dose.  

At least 28 days from the date the last dose was administered  

  • Pfizer (12 and older)
  • Moderna (18 and older)  

The additional dose should be the same vaccine product as the initial two-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna). If the vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available, the other mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered. A person should not receive more than three mRNA COVID-19 vaccine doses.  

The Janssen (J&J) vaccine is not included at this time because there is not sufficient data on the issue, according to the FDA.  

  • Patients are encouraged to connect with their healthcare provider or local pharmacist to discuss vaccination.
  • For patients who seek their third dose from a county health department, they will self-attest they are immunocompromised (Patient’s will not have to show proof or medical documentation).  

  • Residents should bring their current vaccination card to their appointment and their third dose will be added to the card.
  • If a vaccination card has been misplaced, a new one, reflecting the third dose only, will be provided at the time of the third dose.
  • There are a few ways you can obtain proof of COVID-19 vaccination:

  • Contact your healthcare provider who is currently overseeing your care.
  • Contact your local pharmacy who is currently filling your prescription medications.
  • Visit Vaccine Finder at vaccines.gov.  

If you’ve registered with the portal previously:

  • First, try using the “Book your vaccine appointment here” link in one of your previously sent emails
    • The link may direct you to the map of available vaccine locations where you can select and book an appointment.
  • If you receive an error when trying to use the previous email, please re-register using an alternate phone number or email address that is different than your first registration.
    • The phone number can belong to you, or a family member or friend.
    • After registering and booking your appointment, you will be able to change your information by telling the clerk when you arrive at the vaccination site.
  • If you have used an invitation code in the past sent to you from the vaccination site, the old code should not be entered when trying to book a third dose.
    • Simply leave the space blank, or answer “no” to the question asking if you received an invitation code and proceed to entering the captcha and selecting “next”.
    • Invitation codes were sent to a small number of people to accommodate vaccine clinics not open to the public and specifically set up for small groups, businesses, schools, etc.

If you’ve never registered with the portal:

Need Assistance? Call 2-1-1; a call center team member can help find and book your appointment.

County Health Departments Vaccination Availability

  • County health departments are offering vaccine availability with several options. At this time, appointments are available on the portal and through walk-in or by calling your local health department directly.
  • Nearly all county health departments offer walk-in appointments on a first come, first serve basis while crowds are manageable. Please check your local health department’s Facebook page and/or website for days and times of walk-in clinics in your area.

  • The FDA has approved the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the third dose. Providers may choose to administer doses now.
  • The OSDH scheduling portal has open appointments available for all vaccines, which may be scheduled now.
  •  OSDH vaccination sites have been added to the portal to include available appointments specifically for third dose clinics.  

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)