More Than 35% Of Oklahoma Adults Are Vaccinated, OSDH Says

More Than 35% Of Oklahoma Adults Are Vaccinated, OSDH Says

State health department officials said 54% of adults in the state have received at least one doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Deputy Commissioner of Health Keith Reed said after surveys the department conducted, he has hope that Oklahoma could get around 65% of adults fully vaccinated.

“You get to a point where supply and demand match up and then we are on the other side of that now where we have excess supply and limited demand,” said Reed.

At the peak of vaccinations, the state was topping out at 28,000 doses daily on a seven-day rolling average. Now, that number has dropped, and the state is administering 4,500 doses daily on a seven-day rolling average.

"We probably have between 700,000 to 800,000 doses in the state across the board,” said Reed.

With vaccine intake declining, the state has been turning down its share of federal allocation. Reed said they have made it clear to the task force and CDC that Oklahoma has excess of vaccine.

"We aren't authorized to send it out of state without approval from the CDC and task force and, we can't send it internationally without their approval as well,” said Reed.

Reed said they are waiting for guidance on is expiration dates of vaccines. If dates aren't extended, Reed said by the end of the month about 100,000 doses could expire, but he is hopeful for an extension.