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Oklahoma Is Moving Forward Into The Next Stages Of Its COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

It was announced that starting the week of Feb. 22, the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the next priority groups in Phase 2 of the state's vaccine distribution plan, including Oklahomans under 65 with comorbidities and teachers and staff in Pre-K-12
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Ryan Walters, Oklahom Secretary of Education, speaks during a news conference Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Oklahoma City.

More than one million Oklahomans will soon be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine as the state is moving forward into the next stages of its vaccine plan.

 

 

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Thursday that Oklahoma is opening more priority groups within its vaccine plan’s second phase. 

"We'll be making the vaccine available to school teachers and staff of all ages," Stitt said. "We're also opening up to all Oklahomans with comorbidities the ability to get the vaccine."

Teachers and support staff such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers who work in common education qualify. The state expects that is nearly 90,000 people. Those under 65 with comorbidities, an estimated 1 million people, will also qualify. That includes people with heart, lung and liver conditions, cancer, and those who are severely obese. 

The period will begin February 22.

 

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Catherine Sweeney grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and attended Oklahoma State University. She has covered local, state and federal government for outlets in Oklahoma, Colorado and Washington, D.C.
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