Infectious disease specialist urges Oklahomans to get vaccinated ahead of new school year

TULSA, Okla. — We are weeks away from starting a new school year in person. Now, doctors are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 among unvaccinated Tulsans.

Ninety-five percent of patients hospitalized in Tulsa hospitals with COVID-19 are unvaccinated, according to Dr. Anuj Malik.

“We’ve got to clamp down on this virus hard enough that it doesn’t have the opportunity to mutate and create a new variant. The only way to do that is to cut the number of people infected,” said Dr. Malik.

Dr. Malik says unvaccinated children and adults could spread COVID-19 to someone considered high-risk. “They could be vehicles to get adults infected and they’re unvaccinated adults who come in contact with them and get infected,” says Dr. Malik.

Health professionals are encouraging unvaccinated Oklahomans to forget the rumors, and trust what the doctors are saying.

“This is the most comprehensively monitored vaccine rollout in the world. In the history of humanity. we are working in your best interest and we are working in the best interest of the community so that people in the community don’t fall ill.”