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'I'm perfectly healthy': Gov. Kevin Stitt says he has no plans to get a COVID-19 booster

Kevin Stitt
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Oklahoman Gov. Kevin Stitt looks back at the needle after looking away while being administered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following a news conference about opening vaccine eligibility on March 29, 2021, in Oklahoma City.

Despite state health officials encouraging vaccines and boosters to fight against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says he has no plans to get a second inoculation.

When asked by a reporter Monday if he was going to get a booster the governor responded: "No, probably not."

"I’m perfectly healthy, and my doctor hasn’t told me I need to get it," said the Republican governor, who contracted COVID-19 in July of 2020 and received Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine in March. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended Johnson & Johnson boosters for all adults at least two months after their initial shot.

Stitt's comments on boosters come as the state's public health agency and the medical community encourage Oklahomans to get vaccinated or boosted.

“The best way to gather with confidence and protect against severe illness is to get vaccinated and get your booster shot,” Interim Health Commissioner Keith Reed said in a statement last week. “Eligible, unvaccinated individuals should consider getting the vaccine as quickly as possible and fully vaccinated individuals who have not yet gotten a booster shot should seek that out.”

Oklahomans can find vaccine appointments in their area by visiting a local pharmacy or personal provider, using the state’s Vaccine Scheduler Portal, visiting vaccines.gov or by calling 211.

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