Oklahoma Expands Vaccine Eligibility to Nonresidents
April 24, 2021
You don't need to be an Oklahoman to get vaccinated in OKC. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced that the state is now open for nonresidents to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, as reported by a Koco News 5 article titled "Oklahoma to Open COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility to Nonresidents Starting Thursday"
. The continued increasing supply and progress in vaccination efforts have allowed the state to remove the residency requirement and become the first state in the country to do so.
Deputy Commissioner Keith Reed always understood that once there was an increase in supply and capacity, the state would have the ability to allow residents from neighboring states to get vaccinated in Oklahoma. "We are now reaching the point and are happy to extend a welcome to our neighbors as part of our efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the region," Commissioner Reed says. "By ensuring high vaccination rates across the region, we are providing an extra layer of protection for our residents."
Not only is Oklahoma the first state to open their vaccination efforts to nonresidents, but remains the national leader in vaccine administration rates as it passed 2 million total doses administered earlier in the month per the OSDH. Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye says they have a lot to be hopeful of as vaccine supply is consistently increasing week over week and additional access points coming on board each day.
For more details, make sure you head over to the full article here: Oklahoma to Open COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility to Nonresidents Starting Thursday