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Oklahoma Health Officials Hesitant In Moving Into Next Vaccination Priority Groups


Unlike many states across the country, Oklahoma is allowing its coronavirus vaccine phases to overlap. But, state officials have been hesitant to move forward into priority groups in the program's second phase.

The next group slated for eligibility is residents under 65 with comorbidities. But it's unclear when that will open.

Deputy Commissioner of Health Keith Reed noted in a briefing last week that those over 65 tend to have the worst chance of surviving the virus, and that they have shown some of the most difficulty with using the state’s online appointment system.

"We don't want to create a scenario where they're having to compete for those appointments with a lot of other groups," said Reed.

Reed said there are about 600,000 Oklahomans over 65 eligible for the vaccine. The state has administered at least the first shot to more than 300,000 people from all eligible groups so far.


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Catherine Sweeney reports for StateImpact Oklahoma, focusing on health.
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