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Oklahoma Health Officials Urge Young People To Get Vaccinated

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oklahoma’s overall vaccination rate ranks among the worst in the nation, but some age groups are worse than others.

During a press briefing on Friday, Oklahoma State Department of Health officials raised concerns about rates among those under 34, especially teenagers.

According to the latest state epidemiology report, just 22.8% of Oklahomans between the ages of 12 and 35 are fully vaccinated. For those between the ages of 12 and 17, that number is only 11.8%.

Stone and other health officials said that upping those rates is the best way to ensure in-person schooling in the fall.

Vaccines are available through many doctors and pharmacies, or you can use the state's appointment portal at vaccinate.ok.gov or the federal vaccine locator at vaccinefinder.org.

Less than 39 percent of Oklahomans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, ranking the state 40th in vaccine rollout.

Catherine Sweeney was StateImpact Oklahoma's health reporter from 2020 to 2023.
Ryan LaCroix is the Director of Content and Audience Development for KOSU.
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