TULSA, Okla. — Oklahomans in Phase 3 of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine plan began getting access to appointments on Tuesday.
Oklahoma Deputy Health Commissioner Keith Reed made the announcement to enter Phase 3 during the State Health Department’s media availability on Monday afternoon.
The new appointments will be opened up to essential workers as defined by the executive order by Gov. Kevin Stitt.
The state had just opened up appointments to remaining Phase 2 priority groups on Monday before making the announcement for Phase 3.
Matt Motta told FOX23 he registered early on, on the state’s vaccine portal. He got the message Tuesday morning that it was time to get his shot.
“I got the email at 6:30 this morning, clicked on the link and very quickly I was able to find vaccine sites near me,” Motta said.
He’s getting his shot this Friday.
“I can go to work every day knowing I’m protecting other people. That made me so unbelievably happy. I’m going to continue to mask, continue to test, because I think those are very important, but the assurance that I and others will be safe means so much,” he says.
A Green Country real estate agent is also in Phase 3.
He says it’s been a challenge working in the pandemic. Now that the vaccine is eligible for his group, he says it kind of enhances the perspective of the pandemic. “It kind of makes it more real,” he says.
“I hope it’s one of those things this vaccine kicks its butt and we don’t have to take it yearly or something. I’m just over it, I’m ready for normal life.”