Oklahoma Among 1st States To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine


Tuesday, December 15th 2020, 4:34 pm
By: Jonathan Cooper


TULSA, Okla. -

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said a COVID-19 vaccine roll-out has gone smoothly so far.

Oklahoma was one of the first 20 states to get it out to those who need it most.

Health officials said there are 39,975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine currently in the state of Oklahoma.

That number is slightly higher than officials originally anticipated.

The state was originally given 33,150 doses, but an additional federal allotment has now given the state nearly 40,000 doses total.

The vaccine is being stored at five sites statewide, and the department of health is adding 11 additional sites.

Therefore in the next couple of days, the Pfizer vaccine will be stored in 16 sites total across the state.

Deputy Commissioner of Health Keith Reed said if all goes to plan, Pfizer will be sending 38,000 more doses to Oklahoma next week.

And if the Moderna vaccine is approved this weekend, the state anticipates 66,000 doses of their vaccine.

In the next week, Oklahoma could have more than 100,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine on the ground.

"We're going to work through these models,” said Reed. “We have good plans in place. This is an opportunity for us to work through those and gain efficiencies, so I anticipate as we move through this, we're going to gain momentum moving forward."

Reed said the state should start get weekly shipments of vaccines going forward.