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Oklahoma's Vaccination Rate Remains Low Among Those Under 34

In a bid to get more Ohioans vaccinated, Gov. Mike DeWine announced a $1 million lottery offer to adults who get at least one COVID-19 dose. Kids under 18 who get the vaccine will be entered into a lottery to get a scholarship.
In a bid to get more Ohioans vaccinated, Gov. Mike DeWine announced a $1 million lottery offer to adults who get at least one COVID-19 dose. Kids under 18 who get the vaccine will be entered into a lottery to get a scholarship.

Oklahoma health officials are urging young people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Oklahoma’s overall vaccination rate ranks among the worst in the nation, but some age groups are worse than others.

During a press briefing on Friday, Oklahoma State Department of Health officials raised concerns about rates among those under 34, especially teenagers.

"Sixty-eight thousand one hundred eighty-five Oklahomans aged 12-17 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, representing about 21 percent of that particular population," said State Epidemiologist Jolianne Stone.

Stone and other health officials said that upping those rates is the best way to ensure in-person schooling in the fall.

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