Oklahoma is now providing coronavirus vaccine appointments to individuals who don’t dwell within the state.
The Oklahoma State Division of Well being (OSDH) on Wednesday mentioned that beginning Thursday, non-residents of the Sooner State will be capable of make vaccine appointments as a result of “rising [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.”
Final week, the state surpassed 2 million doses administered, officers mentioned. All Oklahomans ages 16 or older are eligible for the vaccine within the state.
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“Whereas our focus has been and can proceed to be on vaccinating Oklahomans, we have now all the time recognized there could be some extent at which provide and rising capability would permit us to welcome residents from neighboring states into Oklahoma to get vaccinated,” mentioned Deputy Commissioner Keith Reed, in an announcement. “We at the moment are reaching that time and are glad 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 guaranteeing excessive vaccination charges throughout the area — not simply Oklahoma — we’re offering an additional layer of safety for our residents.”
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“That is the appropriate factor to do for our neighbors,” Reed continued. “We hope to see different states which have fared effectively in administration charges observe go well with as all of us proceed to work collectively to convey an finish to this pandemic.”
Those that dwell in Oklahoma or surrounding states who wish to make a vaccine appointment can achieve this right here.