Oklahoma is now providing coronavirus vaccine appointments to individuals who don’t reside within the state.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) on Wednesday mentioned that beginning Thursday, non-residents of the Sooner State will be capable to make vaccine appointments on account of “growing [vaccine] provide and continued progress in vaccination efforts.”
The transfer makes Oklahoma one of many first states to take away a residency requirement for the jab, what the division of well being known as a “main step in distribution that reinforces the state’s success in administering the vaccine to its personal residents.”
Last week, the state surpassed 2 million doses administered, officers mentioned. All Oklahomans ages 16 or older are eligible for the vaccine within the state.
“While our focus has been and can proceed to be on vaccinating Oklahomans, we’ve got at all times identified there can be a degree at which provide and growing capability would enable us to welcome residents from neighboring states into Oklahoma to get vaccinated,” mentioned Deputy Commissioner Keith Reed, in an announcement. “We are actually reaching that time and are blissful to increase a welcome to our neighbors as a part of our efforts to assist cease the unfold of COVID-19 within the area. This virus doesn’t adhere to boundaries drawn on a map, so by making certain excessive vaccination charges throughout the area — not simply Oklahoma — we’re offering an additional layer of safety for our residents.”
“This is the proper factor to do for our neighbors,” Reed continued. “We hope to see different states which have fared nicely in administration charges observe go well with as all of us proceed to work collectively to convey an finish to this pandemic.”
Those who reside in Oklahoma or surrounding states who wish to make a vaccine appointment can accomplish that right here.