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First dibs: Oklahoma will have vaccine plan soon, could have vaccine by November

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Oklahoma Commissioner of Health Col. Lance Fry announced this week that Oklahoma could be the first state to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Oklahoma could be the first state in the country to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

During a state health department meeting on Tuesday, state health commissioner and Oklahoma State professor Lance Frye announced that the state will have a plan soon.

"We'll get our vaccine plan finalized this week," Frye said.

Frye and state officials had recent meetings with many prominent health organizations, including the Center for Disease Control (CDC) about the efficacy of this plan.

"The CDC was here just a few days ago, and they told us that we will probably be the first state in the nation to go green with their vaccination plan because we’re very close to finishing that up," Frye said.

But which group of people will get the vaccine first?

According to Frye, Oklahoma will be taking a phased, tiered approach in its distribution efforts and that the COVID-19 vaccine could be in the state as soon as Nov. 1. 

This phased approach could look similar to what the National Academies of Medicine recommended in early September. 

The NAM stated that frontline workers in healthcare facilities, people who have underlying health conditions and older adults living in crowded settings, such as nursing homes, should receive the vaccine first.

The CDC told The O’Colly in a statement that there will likely only be a small amount of doses in 2020.

 

“The COVID-19 vaccine landscape is evolving and uncertain, and the scenarios presented may change as more information is available,” the statement read. “At this time, we don’t know which vaccines under development will be authorized or approved, however, limited COVID-19 vaccine doses may be available by early later this year and we expect vaccine supply will increase substantially in 2021.”

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