Stitt: COVID-19 vaccinations expand to all teachers, some Oklahomans under 65

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.

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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.

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Update on Oklahoma COVID-19 vaccinations

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Posted by FOX23 News on Thursday, February 11, 2021

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

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