Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-05-04 23:27:43 –
Oklahoma City (KFOR) – Oklahoma officials said they were rejecting some federal allocations on Tuesday due to reduced demand for vaccines in Oklahoma.
State quotas typically exceed 200,000 per week. Instead, they said they only accepted the tens of thousands. The remaining surplus is being redistributed to high-demand states after President Joe Biden plans to manage 100 million shots over the next 60 days. Mr Biden said 70 percent of Americans want to have their first round by at least July 4.
“I don’t think it’s necessary,” said Sharonda Arnold, a woman who hasn’t been vaccinated and has no plans to vaccinate.
“If you have a viral vaccine, you get the vaccine,” said Paul McQueen, a man who received both Moderna doses. “It keeps you safe and keeps others safe.”
Currently, Oklahomans are divided into 50/50 depending on whether they plan to be vaccinated.
“I never really get sick like that,” Arnold said.
“Vaccines are safe,” McQueen said. “Vaccines are being researched.”
According to the Oklahoma Department of Health, approximately 1.2 million people, or 39.5 percent, of Oklahoma’s adult population are fully vaccinated. Approximately 50.5% of the adult population receives at least one dose, for a total of 2.7 million doses.
However, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that 38.5 percent of Oklahoma’s total population received at least one shot. About 29.6 percent are fully vaccinated.
Keith Reid, Deputy Director of Health in Oklahoma, said:
At the peak of Oklahoma, Reed said he received an average of 28,000 doses over a seven-day period. That number has now dropped from about 10,000 to 11,000.
“That’s a huge reduction,” Reed said.
Oklahoma is usually assigned more than 200,000 doses per week. But Reed said the state was less accepted than that because of the low demand.
“It’s tens of thousands out of hundreds of thousands,” Reed said.
The surplus from Biden’s initiative will be shipped to the states needed due to growing demand.
“We need you,” Biden said. “We need you to take it home. Two months after being vaccinated, let’s celebrate our independence as a nation and our independence against this virus. Do this. “
Oklahoma leaders said they hoped to reach the 3,000,000 doses given by Memorial Day.
“This is a feasible goal, but it’s not easy,” Reed said.
This goal requires more persuasion for some.
“If you believe you should get it, get it, otherwise get it,” Arnold said.
However, it doesn’t take much time for others.
“I don’t want to have a mask,” McQueen said. “Before you can’t hold your mask, you have to protect each other.”
The state said it still had 500,000 doses in case of a surge in demand. Currently, 80% of the at-risk population over the age of 65 is taking at least one dose. On Tuesday, Governor Kevin Stitt officially ended the COVID-19 Urgent Declaration in Oklahoma. He said the 7-day average for new cases of Oklahoma was 94 percent below the state’s peak.
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