Vaccine Eligibility Extended to All Oklahomans Starting March 29th

The Covid-19 vaccine is expanding its availability so that Oklahomans aged 16 and up will be eligible to receive their shots on March 29th according to a KOCO article from March 23rd. In it they say:

“Officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Tuesday that starting March 29, the state will begin Phase 4 of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, meaning that all Oklahomans ages 16 and older will become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

OSDH Deputy Commissioner of Health Keith Reed made the announcement Tuesday during a news conference.”

Just in time, as active cases in Oklahoma rose by 194 this week and deaths have clocked in at 7,835 according to a KFOR article from March 29th. In it they say:

“State health officials say they are now including the CDC’s number of COVID-19 deaths as a provisional count. As a result of that inclusion, the deaths jumped to 7,835 on Monday.

Officials say there are 230 Oklahomans hospitalized with COVID-19 right now.

Health leaders say that almost 1.7 million Oklahomans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Officials announced that they were changing the way they provide COVID-19 data to the public. As a result, many of the categories will not be available on a daily basis.

Here is a link to the most recent Epidemiology Report provided by the state.”

The timing f the expansion comes as cases and deaths climb and is likely a cause for some relief, as with more vaccination, the infections should begin to slow down.