TULSA, Okla. — Work on a COVID-19 vaccine has seen some successes and Oklahoma health leaders are working on a plan for when it’s ready for the public.
FOX23 obtained a “working draft” of the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccination plan that state leaders have referenced in recent updates on the pandemic.
Gov. Kevin Stitt visited Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday to go over Oklahoma’s vaccine plan which would likely begin with distribution to health care workers and the vulnerable population.
In the draft of the state’s plan, a disclaimer is listed on each page to reassure readers that this is not the final version of the document.
The proposed plan for distribution is broken up into phases.
Phase 1 begins as the state receives a “very low” supply of the vaccine. Stitt said in a recent news conference that he expected about 2,000 vaccines to be delivered at the start of the plan’s rollout.
An advisory committee would be in charge of determining “priority groups” that would be the most vital to get the vaccine to first.
“Healthcare staff working in Long Term Care and Assisted Living Facilities will be the first priority,” the plan says.
See the list of population definitions in the plan below
As more shipments become available during Phase 1, they’d be sent to local health departments.
This phase of the plan acknowledges there are still unknowns when it comes to the logistics of storing, transporting and distributing the vaccine. Experts say the Pfizer vaccine would require “ultra-cold freezers” that may be difficult to fund.
Gaps or issues in the logistics are expected to be analyzed during the first phase to work on improvements for Phase 2.
Phase 2 begins as a larger supply of vaccines becomes available and local health departments and some tribes will be expected to start setting up mass immunization clinics.
“Curbside and drive in vaccine clinics will likely be used by providers to allow for quick vaccination and control of spread.”
Phase 3 begins as the State Department of Health expects vaccine supply to begin meeting the demand and most priority groups having received the vaccine.
As more people who need -- or want -- the vaccine receive it, the state says there will be some concern over storage as demand decreases.
See the full draft of the vaccination plan and definitions of priority groups here:
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