Tulsa County should receive doses of COVID-19 vaccine in a couple of weeks, health department says

Tulsa County should receive doses of COVID-19 vaccine in a couple of weeks, health department says
There are several COVID-19 vaccine trials underway in Orlando.

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa County should receive up to 7,700 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in a couple of weeks, Dr. Bruce Dart with the Tulsa Health Department told FOX23 radio partner KRMG on Friday.

Dart said the first allotment of vaccines will go toward vaccinating health care workers, first responders, those who are on the front line doing testing and others who are on the first priority list.

“It’s most important to get the vaccine to those most at risk,” Dart said. “Our goal is to keep things going until we have enough vaccine for everyone who wants one and that’s what we are anxiously trying to get to.”

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Dart said the vaccine will be distributed in four groups or tiers and they should have enough vaccine to start community distribution by late March, early April.

“If that happens, we will hope to be done by late June, early July,” Dart said.

Pfizer said Friday it is asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic.

The action comes days after Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech announced that its vaccine appears 95% effective at preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease in a large, ongoing study.

Moderna also announced their COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective at preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease.

Dart also stressed the importance of social distancing and masking until there’s a vaccine and with Thanksgiving coming up, it’s best to stay home.

“Next year we can really celebrate family and friends and Thanksgiving and frankly we will have so much to be thankful for,” Dart said.