OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt scheduled a news conference Thursday to give an update on the next steps in the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan.
The state has been firmly entrenched in Phase 2 of its plan, getting the vaccine to vulnerable populations, healthcare workers and at-risk staff at schools.
Stitt announced Thursday that vaccinations would begin being administered to the next priority groups in Phase 2; Teachers of all ages and Oklahomans younger than 65 with comorbidities.
Those priority groups can begin getting vaccination appointments on Feb 22.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister released the following statement after the announcement Thursday:
“Our teachers and support staff deserve and need to work in a safe and secure environment. Giving them this opportunity to receive the vaccine as soon as reasonably possible is critical. While in-person school is more dependent on COVID mitigation strategies such as masks and social distancing , ensuring the vaccination of teachers is vital to keeping school doors open. I urge all Oklahomans, teachers and non-teachers alike, to welcome the vaccine as soon as they are eligible.”— Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister