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Health Officials Foresee Additional Vaccine Doses for Oklahoma

January 20, 2021

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Health Officials Foresee Additional Vaccine Doses for Oklahoma
A recent article by The Joplin Globe titled "Oklahoma could get additional vaccine doses soon, health officials say" expands on potential plans to allocate more vaccine doses in response to the state's increasing demand in the coming weeks.

While Oklahoma waits for a new shipment of over 48,000 doses, people from all over the area are having trouble booking appointments close to their homes, partially due to the state's limited supply of the vaccine. While bringing attention to the need to expand the distribution to other priority groups, health officials stated that the allocation plans outlined by the federal Centers for Disease Control and President-elect Joe Biden could bring new opportunities to increase Oklahoma's vaccine supply in the near future.

Currently, Oklahoma's per capita vaccine distribution ranks within the top 10 nationwide, and Biden's plans to release all federal doses would take the state's distribution capacity to new levels. It would ensure that second shots are administered without delay, though health officials still plan on having all of the second doses ready on time, regardless of future changes and despite all the questions still hanging in the air.

Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines provide 95% of immunity against COVID-19 after a person has received their second dose, so health authorities are confident in their plans to make the second shots available for all recipients of the vaccine. "It's critically important that everybody get two doses," said Dr. Jean Hausheer, chair of the Healthier Oklahoma Coalition.

Biden talked about the upcoming vaccination program saying that "future allocations are going to be based off our burn rate, and our ability to move vaccine from the freezer to the individual" and that he plans on having 100 million COVID-19 shots administered during his first 100 days in office.

Read the complete article by clicking the link above or here: Oklahoma Could Get Additional Vaccine Doses Soon, Health Officials Say.


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