OKC mayor gets one of 250K COVID-19 shots
Roughly 250,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given so far in Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County, leading the state in vaccination efforts, the leader of the city-county health department said Monday.
Mayor David Holt was one of the latest residents to receive a dose, getting his first shot of the Pfizer vaccine Monday morning at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department’s northeast campus.
Now that Oklahoma is in Phase 3 of the state’s vaccination plan, which adds essential workers to the list, officials estimated that about 85% of adult residents are eligible to get a shot.
“So there is an 85% chance I’m speaking to you when I say this: it is time to begin the process of receiving your safe, scientifically tested, effective and life-saving vaccination for COVID-19,” Holt said before receiving his shot. “And there’s no need to feel guilty about receiving the vaccine or to delay your pursuit of it.”
Dr. Patrick McGough, director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, administered Holt’s dose of the vaccine, one year after the first coronavirus case due to local spread was identified in the Oklahoma City area.
Holt will get a booster dose in three weeks.
Officials said trends in vaccinations and COVID-19 cases have been encouraging, but stressed that now isn’t the time to ease up on precautions.
“As we navigate this transition back to normalcy, your continued precautions are necessary, and they are helping to ensure all of this proceeds with a minimum loss of life,” Holt said.
The virus is still circulating in Oklahoma City and the county, McGough said.
“It’s important that we remember that we’re not entirely out of the woods yet,” he said. “It’s imperative that we continue to wash our hands, and we wear a mask, and that we make sure we stay six feet from others as often as possible. Most importantly, get your vaccine.”
There’s still a high demand for doses, so not every eligible Oklahoman in the area will be able to get their vaccination this week, officials said. But supplies have increased in recent weeks, and both Holt and McGough urged those eligible to secure an appointment as soon as they can.
McGough said the health department was regularly adding new vaccination appointments to its website. Between 2,500 and 3,000 doses will be given Wednesday at Oklahoma City University, and appointments for that distribution site will open later Monday on vaxokc.com, he said.