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Local leaders talk vaccine distribution

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Flu Vaccinations

Oklahoma State University Health Services will host a flu shot clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Cowboy Underground of the Student Union basement.

Vaccine distributors are working hard to hastily bring the coronavirus vaccine to Oklahoma. 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is ranked seventh among all states by the CDC in vaccines administered per capita. 

Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce has praised the Oklahoma State Department of Health for the work that they’ve been doing and how they’ve been administering vaccinations. 

“I haven’t received the vaccine yet but from what I’ve heard from folks who have, the setups have run really well, when you get your appointment, it’s going through easily, they’re not in a line waiting around,” Mayor Joyce said.

While it can be a complicated process to receive the vaccine, Joyce said that as vaccines continue to come, the process will speed up in the future. 

“I expect as supply continues to come in that we’ll see it accelerate, we’ll see other private entities be able to administer whether it’s pharmacies or doctors, they’ll be able to administer the vaccine in the near future and I think it’ll speed up as we move forward,” Joyce said.

Many Oklahomans can look forward to receiving their vaccines within the next few months. The state is currently in phase two, which includes the 65-plus age population, some older at-risk people, additional health care workers as well as teachers and staff in K-12 schools.

Gov. Kevin Stitt told the public to continue to do their part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

“We have made great strides in the right direction and I continue to ask all Oklahomans to slow the spread of the virus by taking proper safety precautions, including wearing a mask and social distancing,” Stitt said.