5 things to know about Oklahoma’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

The COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Oklahoma on Monday, and a registered nurse in Oklahoma City was the first person vaccinated. Here is some information on how the vaccination process is expected to precede in Oklahoma.

The first vaccines are reserved for front-line health care workers helping COVID-19 patients, employees and residents at nursing homes and long-term care facilities and pharmacy staff administering the vaccines in group homes.

Oklahoma received its first shipment — 33,000 doses — of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Monday.

The Pfizer vaccine, which was administered on Monday, does. The second doses, which are supposed to be administered a few weeks after the first shot, will ship automatically following the initial vaccine shipments.

Initial vaccine shipments will arrive in limited quantities, but Oklahoma will continue to receive regular shipments, said Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye.

State health officials expect Oklahoma will receive at least 166,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines by the end of the year.

They anticipate the vaccines received this year will be enough to give a first shot to everyone in phase one of Oklahoma’s four-phased vaccine distribution plan. An estimated 157,900 Oklahomans will be offered vaccines in the first distribution phase.

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