NewsOK: Oklahoma City News, Sports, Weather & Entertainment

COVID vaccine update: New locations set to provide shots, including Walmart

Syringes with the COVID-19 vaccine are prepared for distribution. [CHRIS LANDSBERGER/THE OKLAHOMAN]
Syringes with the COVID-19 vaccine are prepared for distribution. [CHRIS LANDSBERGER/THE OKLAHOMAN]

Need your first dose of the vaccine? Here's how to get it.

The only people eligible now are Oklahoma residents in Phases 1 and 2 of the state's vaccine distribution plan. Providers are checking state-issued identification cards and driver's licenses to ensure Oklahoma doses go to Oklahoma residents.

Phase 2 vaccinations currently in effect are currently limited to people 65 and older, healthcare workers and first responders. the Oklahoma State Department of Health said the remaining members of Phase 2 could see eligibility open soon.

There are three ways most Oklahomans are receiving the vaccine:

General Public (state allocation)

For most Oklahomans, vaccine appointments are being handled online at After signing up and filling out the required information, the website will assign you to the proper distribution phase. When your phase is eligible to receive a first dose, the Oklahoma State Department of Health will send a follow-up email with information about scheduling an appointment through the website.

Residents of Oklahoma County can also schedule appointments through

These vaccinations come out of the state's allocation of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which is expected to top 100,000 doses this week. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be added to the state's allocation in a few weeks, but it currently awaits emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Pharmacies (federal allocation)

The second major source for vaccines will be through the new Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Starting Friday, Feb. 12, eligible Oklahomans can obtain their first dose from Walmart, Sam's Club or dozens of independent pharmacies across the state that are part of the CPESN USA network.

These doses are allocated directly from the federal government and are separate from ones distributed by the state health department. However, state guidelines for vaccine eligibility are still in place.

OSDH Deputy Commissioner Keith Reed said Tuesday that Oklahoma pharmacies will receive 11,300 doses through this program.

Long-Term Care Facilities

Walgreens and CVS were assigned to administer doses in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities across the state. As of this week, the first dose has been administered at all assigned facilities.

Some have received a second visit for the second dose. Each facility will be visited three times.

Staff writer Dale Denwalt covers technology, aerospace and Oklahoma business news for The Oklahoman. Have a story idea for Dale? He can be reached at or on Twitter at @denwalt. Support Dale’s work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at or by using the link at the top of this page.

Dale Denwalt

Dale Denwalt has closely followed state policy and politics since his first internship as an Oklahoma Capitol reporter in 2006. He graduated from Northeastern State University in his hometown of Tahlequah. Denwalt worked as a news reporter in... Read more ›