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COVID-19 Vaccine

The Tulsa Health Department continues to vaccinate anyone ages 6 months and up with COVID-19 vaccine clinic locations across Tulsa County.

Tulsa Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

THD has COVID-19 vaccine clinics at four of its main sites: James O. Goodwin Health Center, Central Regional Health Center, North Regional Health and Wellness Center and Sand Springs Health Center. Appointments are required to receive the vaccine. Those 6 months to 17 years old will need a parent or guardian present for consent to receive the vaccine. View What to Expect at Your Appointment

Click below to schedule an appointment at the following Tulsa Health Department locations:

Central Regional Health Center
James O. Goodwin Health Center
North Regional Health & Wellness Center
Sand Springs Health Center

Other Opportunities
There are other ways to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Healthcare systems and pandemic providers use their own system to schedule appointments. View opportunities:

Different COVID-19 Vaccines

Currently, there are different COVID-19 vaccinesFDA has granted full approval for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna and given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the United States to Janssen.

  • In most situations, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are preferred over the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for primary and booster vaccination.
  • COVID-19 vaccines currently approved or authorized by FDA are effective in preventing serious outcomes of COVID-19, including severe disease, hospitalization, and death.
Age Group Moderna Pfizer-BioNTech Novavax Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Additional Primary  Shot for Immunocompromised Booster Dose Booster Dose for Immunocompromised When Are You Fully Vaccinated?

People ages 6 months through 4 years


Two primary doses

Second dose given in 4-8 weeks after first dose

Three primary doses

Second dose given in 3-8 weeks after first first dose

Third dose given in at least 8 weeks after second dose

Not authorized Not authorized

Moderna: Third primary dose given in at least 4 weeks after primary series

Pfizer-BioNTech: No additional shot approved

Not authorized Not authorized

2 weeks after your primary series completion

People ages 5 through 11 years

Two primary doses

Second dose given in 4-8 weeks after first dose

Two primary doses

Second dose given in 3-8 weeks after first dose

Not authorized Not authorized

Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech: Third primary dose given in at least 4 weeks after primary series

At least 2 months after 2nd dose or last booster, children age 5 years can only get a Pfizer-BioNTech booster, and children ages 6–11 years can get a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster.

Pfizer-BioNTech Monovalent Booster given in at least 3 months after 3-dose primary series 2 weeks after 3rd dose, since a booster is not recommended for this age group at this time
People Ages 12 years and older

Two primary doses

Second dose given in 4-8 weeks after first dose

Two primary doses

Second dose given in 3-8 weeks after first dose

Two primary doses

Second dose given in 3-8 weeks after first dose

One primary dose to those ages 18 and older

Those 12-17 not authorized

Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech: Third primary dose given in at least 4 weeks after primary series Bivalent Booster given in at least 2 months after primary series of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech or Novavax Bivalent Booster given in at least 2 months after primary series of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech or Novavax Immediately after you have received the most recent booster recommended for you
People 18 years and older who previously received Janssen primary series dose _ _ _ One primary dose Additional mRNA dose (Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech) given in at least 4 weeks after primary dose Not authorized Bivalent Booster given in at least 2 months after primary series Immediately after you have received the most recent booster recommended for you





















Also view CDC's At-a-Glace COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule

If you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or an immediate allergic reaction to any ingredient in the vaccine you are scheduled to receive, you should not get that vaccine. If you have been instructed not to get one type of COVID-19 vaccine, you may still be able to get another type. Learn more information for people with allergies.

Additional Primary Shot/Booster Dose

What is the difference?
An additional primary shot of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) is identical to the first two doses. It can help protect people with weakened immune systems who may not have a strong enough response to the first two doses of one of the mRNA vaccines.

A booster dose refers to another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after vaccination, but then that protection may have decreased over time (this is called waning immunity). The booster is designed to help people maintain their level of immunity for longer.

Bivalent  Booster Dose
The CDC has approved the use of the Bivalent COVID-19 vaccine for boosters for anyone age 5 and over. Booster doses can be administered 2 months after the last vaccine—either last booster dose, or since completing primary series. Clients can schedule appointments for their booster with THD or are encouraged to check with their health care provider or pharmacy to receive their booster dose.  There are numerous providers in Tulsa who will offer the vaccine.  

What's the difference?

  • Monovalent: COVID-19 vaccines contain a component from the original strain of SARS-CoV-2.
  • Bivalent: referred to as “updated boosters,” contain two messenger RNA (mRNA) components of SARS-CoV-2 virus, one of the original strain of SARS-CoV-2 and the other one in common between the BA.4 and BA.5 lineages of the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. 

Monovalent mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines No Longer Authorized as Booster Doses for People Ages 5+ Yrs

  • Monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines can no longer be given to people ages 5 years and older.
    • Monovalent mRNA vaccine (Moderna & Pfizer) will be used for the first and second doses.

Additional Primary Shot for Immunocompromised Individuals

Who is eligible?

  • Emerging data suggest some people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems do not always build the same level of immunity compared to people who are not immunocompromised; they are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness. A full list of conditions can be found on CDC’s website.
  • The additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should be the same vaccine as the initial two-dose vaccine series and administered at least four weeks (28 days) after completing a primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. Individuals who have received a single Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine should receive one additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with CDC guidelines.  
  • People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional primary shot is appropriate for them.

What is THD doing?

  • The Tulsa Health Department is administering additional primary doses to patients who are immunocompromised. This includes people who have:
    • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
    • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
    • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
    • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
    • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
    • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

Appointments for Any Dose

  • There is more than 300+ providers approved to offer the COVID-19 vaccines in Tulsa County. You do not have to receive any vaccine booster dose or third dose at the same place you went to originally. The vaccine is widely available at many local doctors’ offices, heath care systems, pharmacies, and big retail chains like Walmart. There is no cost to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Appointments are required at THD and can be scheduled here or by calling 918-582-9355. Clients need to bring an ID and copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card to the appointment. Individuals should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

COVID-19 Variants

Viruses constantly change through mutation. Some variants emerge and disappear while others may emerge and persist. New variants will continue to emerge. CDC and other public health organizations monitor all variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the United States and globally.

Vaccines continue to reduce a person’s risk of contracting the virus that causes COVID-19, including this variant. Vaccines are also highly effective against severe illness. It’s much less likely that you will contract a serious case of COVID-19 that could cause hospitalization or death. Anyone age 6 months and older can receive a safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccine. Other prevention measures like masks and social distancing should be implemented by those who are unvaccinated or too young to be vaccinated. 

If anyone is feeling unwell and is experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home and away from others. Be informed about you or your family’s health by seeking out testing. All COVID-19 tests can detect known variants, but they will not tell you which variant you have.

Learn more from the CDC about the characteristics of these variants emerging.

CDC Guidance after Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccines are proven effective at protecting you from getting sick. The CDC has shared updated guidance for those who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination series. Based on what public health professionals know about COVID-19 vaccines, if you are fully vaccinated, you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic. To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public regardless of vaccination status. You should continue to wear a mask where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

It’s vital that Oklahomans continue to take the necessary steps to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. These actions and layered approach including vaccines, masking indoors, frequent handwashing and social distancing will make a huge difference in keeping our families and communities safe and healthy in the long term.

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, schedule your appointment.

State of Oklahoma Vaccine Plan

The distribution of the vaccine was broken out into four broad phases in Oklahoma's plan. This allowed public health officials to plan generally for different scenarios, given the availability of a vaccine to the state. if you’d like to learn more detailed information about Oklahoma’s vaccine plan click here. If you have questions, please call our COVID-19 Call Center at 918-582-9355 to speak to a public health professional. The number of doses administered by all entities in each county across the state are reported to OSDH through OSIIS and numbers are reported out collectively statewide in their weekly epidemiology report.


What to Expect at Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

Before your Appointment
Because COVID-19 is a new disease with new vaccines, you may have questions about what happens before, during, and after your appointment to get vaccinated. These tips from CDC will help you know what to expect when you get vaccinated, what information your provider will give you, and resources you can use to monitor your health after you are vaccinated.

We ask individuals arrive as close to their scheduled appointment time as possible. When you arrive at your appointment, you'll be asked to fill out a COVID-19 worksheet with some basic information about yourself. You can fill the form out before you arrive to expediate your visit.

Vaccine Clinic
We are currently operating walk-thru clinics at THD immunization clinic locations. Masks are required in clinic areas for everyone age 2 and older when Tulsa County Community Risk Level is High. We are asking everyone to arrive on-time for their appointments to avoid a longer line with those arriving too soon for their appointment. We are able to get individuals through within an hour including the 15 minute observation period following receiving the vaccine.

Locations are accessible and wheelchairs are onsite for those that need mobility assistance. Support individuals can escort patients for their appointment.

There is dedicated bi-lingual (Spanish-speaking) staff at our vaccine clinics. We also have a "language line" for volunteers, meaning there are dedicated volunteers who can speak other languages.

First Dose Appointments
Individuals are able to request a vaccine type depending on supply available at that THD vaccine clinic. You will receive an appointment for your second dose on site during your first dose appointment.

Second Dose Appointments
If you received your first dose from THD, you already have an appointment for your second dose. Do not use the portal to schedule. Please return at the appointment time listed on your vaccine card, and bring your vaccine card with you. 

In the event you scheduled an appointment for your second dose from THD, but you did not receive your first dose from THD, we will make every reasonable effort to ensure the correct vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) is available. If the vaccine you need is not available that day, we will provide information regarding how to access the correct vaccine. You will receive this information from a phone call, email or at the site. 

  • What if I can't return or schedule on the exact day?
    Recommendations for your second dose for Pfizer is 21 days and Moderna is 28 days. The doses may be administered up to 4 days before. The Centers for Disease Control has issued guidance that the second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. However, if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval and a delay in vaccination is unavoidable, the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be administered up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. If a dose is administered after the recommended day (late) or this extended interval, it is still a “valid” dose. The first dose does not need to be repeated. 
  • If I get COVID-19 after my first dose, do I still need to get my second dose?
     you get COVID-19 after receiving your first dose, you should still receive your second dose. The second dose will still be effective in protecting you from COVID-19 in the future. It is recommended that you quarantine for at least 10 days before receiving your second dose if you have contracted COVID-19. This is to protect the health and safety of the healthcare workers administering your vaccine, and will not impact the efficacy of your second dose.

There is no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. An administrative fee may be billed to insurance.

Be cautious of any contact you may receive asking you to provide money or personal information in exchange for the COVID-19 vaccine. Any advertisements or offers for early access to a vaccine in exchange for payment are entirely fraudulent. OSDH does NOT require payment for vaccine registration.

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated once a COVID-19 vaccine is available in the United States. While these vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Safety is a top priority, and there are many reasons to get vaccinated. FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19​.

  • COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19
    • COVID-19 vaccines are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
    • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
    • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
    • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 vaccination will be a safer way to help build protection
    • COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you.
    • Clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Watch a video on what an EUA is.
    • Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. But experts don’t know how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness.
    • Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
  • COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic
    • Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
    • The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
    • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.
Concerns about Side Effects

Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated. However, your arm may be sore, red, or warm to the touch. These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week. Some people report getting a headache or fever when getting a vaccine. These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. It is working and building up protection to disease.

COVID-19 vaccines are being tested in large clinical trials to assess their safety. However, it does take time, and more people getting vaccinated before we learn about very rare or long-term side effects. That is why safety monitoring will continue. CDC has an independent group of experts that reviews all the safety data as it comes in and provides regular safety updates.


Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination

The CDC has answers to commonly asked questions.

How can I schedule a vaccine appointment?
Visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health's COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduler Portal to enter your personal information to receive notifications to schedule an appointment.

How do I get on “the vaccination list?"
There is no list for people to get on to be included in the vaccine distribution. We will provide information on our website and social media as we move through the various populations to let people know what they need to do when the time comes.

How do I know when you will be in my phase?
Anyone ages 5 and up is eligible to schedule an appointment on the Oklahoma State Department of Health's COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduler Portal.

How will I know how to make an appointment for the vaccine?
We will be notifying the public through our website, COVID phone bank, social media and news outlets on which phase we are currently in and which people qualify for that population we are vaccinating currently. 

How do I receive my second dose from the Tulsa Health Department?
If you received your first dose from THD, you already have an appointment for your second dose. Do not use the portal to schedule. Please return at the appointment time listed on your vaccine card, and bring your vaccine card with you. 

I need to reschedule my vaccine appointment; how do I do that?
Currently, we are not able to reschedule vaccine appointments. If appointments are available, you can make a new appointment in the portal or call the COVID-19 Call Center at 918-582-9355 to get assistance.

If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need a vaccine?
Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection.

If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccination of persons with current infection should be deferred until the person has recovered from the acute illness (if the person had symptoms) and criteria have been met for them to discontinue isolation.

Can we choose which vaccine we can get?
Individuals are able to request a vaccine type depending on supply available at that THD vaccine clinic. However if you are allergic to vaccines or vaccine ingredients or your healthcare provider has recommended you not get a certain vaccine let your vaccine administrator know.

Can I get vaccine in a different county than may residence?
At this time, we recommend getting the vaccine from the county you reside in; however, you may call the county you wish to get the vaccine from and inquire to the requirements for receiving vaccine in that county.

Can I edit my information on the Vaccine Scheduler Portal after I submit it?
If you answer something incorrectly, you cannot edit it after you submit it. You can register again with a different email address.

When will my priority group or phase be eligible?
The decision to expand into additional priority groups is made by the Oklahoma State Department of Health for the entire state. No dates are set as the plan remains fluid.

What happens to leftover doses?
One of the tenets of our operation is to ensure doses are not wasted. Our main focus is to manage vaccine inventory effectively to ensure all vaccine doses are administered as efficiently as possible at the local level.

Vaccine Safety

The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety is a top priority while federal partners work to make a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine(s) available. 

The federal government, through Operation Warp Speed, has been working since the pandemic started to make one or more COVID-19 vaccines available as soon as possible. Although local public health authorities do not have a role in developing COVID-19 vaccines, the Tulsa Health Department has been working closely with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, State of Oklahoma, OKC-County Health Department and community partners to develop vaccination plans.

Additional Tulsa County Vaccine Locations

The COVID-19 vaccine is also available in Tulsa County at the following locations below. Appointment information, hours and other details may vary. Please visit the organization's website or contact them directly for more information. For vaccine locations statewide, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health

Request a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

THD works with community partners to accommodate requests for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic onsite at your business or organization.

COVID-19 Vaccination Record Request

COVID-19 vaccination record requests can be made in person at any of the Tulsa Health Department immunization clinic locations listed above or by phone at 918-582-9355. You can also fax a request sent to 918-595-4043.