COVID-19 vaccine could arrive in Oklahoma next week, available to general public in 2021

VIDEO: OSDH shares what distributing COVID-19 vaccines could look like in the state

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says a COVID-19 vaccine could arrive as early as Dec. 11.

Pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration emergency use approval, the Pfizer vaccine could arrive in the state on that day, state health officials said Thursday.

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The FDA will meet to discuss Pfizer’s vaccine on Dec. 10.

The state health department says they hope to begin their distribution plan on Dec. 13 or Dec. 14.

Critical healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients and employees at long-term care facilities will be in the top priority group to get the vaccine first.

Initially, the state says it expects to receive 33,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

That will be the first dose of the vaccine as the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses. OSDH says they expect the second shipment including the second doses will arrive within 21 days of the first.

Tulsa Health Department told FOX23 they expect to get 5,000-7,000 doses of the first shipment from the state.

Once it has FDA emergency use approval, the state could get the Moderna vaccine toward the end of December.

The FDA will meet to discuss the Moderna vaccine Dec. 17-18. The Moderna vaccine is expected to be available in Oklahoma around Dec. 22.

Oklahoma Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye says most of the general public can expect to get the vaccine in 2021, hopefully in the Spring.