When can Oklahomans get a booster shot?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sept. 23 endorsed booster shots for people 65 and older, nursing home residents and those ages 50 to 64 who have risky underlying health problems. The CDC director also ensured people age 18-64 can get a booster if they are health-care workers or have another job that puts them at increased risk of being exposed to the virus. The extra dose would be given at least six months after someone's last Pfizer shot.

About 971,000 Oklahomans are fully vaccinated with two Pfizer doses; about 860,000 fully vaccinated Oklahomans received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson shots. The government has only studied Pfizer boosters and has no data on whether it is safe or effective to mix-and-match.

The U.S. has already authorized third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for certain people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients and transplant recipients.

The Tulsa Health Department will begin administering Pfizer booster doses Sept. 24 for those who qualify; those who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not yet eligible.  

Oklahoma health officials have said they still lack federal government guidance on administering boosters. 

How Oklahomans can find their vaccination dates: osiis.health.ok.gov

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