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Oklahoma Educators Start Receiving COVID Vaccine

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Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister speaks at a press conference on Monday, the first day teachers and support staff could be vaccinated in Oklahoma.

Monday was the first day most Oklahoma teachers and school support staff could be vaccinated for COVID-19.

State Schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister was with a handful of teachers receiving the vaccine at a mega-POD in Norman where 3,500 vaccines were set aside for Pre-K through 12 school personnel.

"It is truly a thrill to be able to know that so many of our teachers are going to be vaccinated beginning this week," said Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma's State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The goal is to get all of the roughly 89,000 teachers and school support staff who want a vaccine a shot by Spring Break.

Teachers have been clamoring for vaccines as the state has reopened schools, and were moved up on the priority list in December.

Monday also marked the first day the vaccine was available for about one million Oklahomans under the age of 65 who have a comorbidity. You can sign up to check your eligibility at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov.

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