Oklahoma is now providing coronavirus vaccine appointments to individuals who don’t reside within the state.
The Oklahoma State Division of Well being (OSDH) on Wednesday said that beginning Thursday, non-residents of the Sooner State will have the ability to make vaccine appointments as a consequence 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 referred to 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.
“Whereas our focus has been and can proceed to be on vaccinating Oklahomans, we’ve got all the time identified there can be a degree at which provide and rising capability would enable 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 completely satisfied 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.”
“That is the suitable factor to do for our neighbors,” Reed continued. “We hope to see different states which have fared effectively in administration charges comply with go well with as all of us proceed to work collectively to carry an finish to this pandemic.”
Those that reside in Oklahoma or surrounding states who wish to make a vaccine appointment can achieve this here.