COVID-19 vaccines arriving at Oklahoma nursing homes

OKLAHOMA CITY — Shipments of COVID-19 vaccines are arriving in Oklahoma quickly, bringing the state’s vaccinations to the next priority group: nursing homes.

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The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Oklahoma on Monday, following the previous week’s mass vaccination effort for frontline healthcare workers receiving the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Tuesday, Gov. Kevin Stitt held a news conference at The Lodge at Brookline in Oklahoma City to announce the next step in the vaccination process that will bring the first doses to the state’s nursing home residents and staff.

Coronavirus vaccine arrives at Oklahoma City nursing home

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Posted by FOX23 News on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

“Today isn’t the end of our fight, but it’s the beginning of the end,” Stitt said.

Nursing homes represent a large part of the state’s vulnerable population and have been a primary target for the virus.

As of Dec. 6, 1,012 residents of Oklahoma nursing homes had died due to COVID-19 out of the 6,291 confirmed cases, according to The Nursing Home COVID-19 Public File which includes data reported by nursing homes to the Centers for Disease Control’s National Health Safety Network (NHSN) system.

Oklahoma ranked 4th in the U.S. with 11.75 weekly resident deaths per 1,000 residents as of Dec. 6, according to The Nursing Home COVID-19 Public File.

State Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye said Tuesday that Oklahoma could be ready to start Phase 2 of its vaccination plan as early as next week, bringing the vaccine to more healthcare workers and teachers.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details on the vaccine plan for Oklahoma nursing homes.

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