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COVID-19 Vaccine

The Tulsa Health Department continues to vaccinate anyone ages 16 and up with new expanded COVID-19 vaccine clinic locations across Tulsa County.

When Can I Get Scheduled?

Oklahoma Vaccine Portal
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. Appointment availability will depend on vaccine supply in each county, which changes from week to week as the state receives more vaccine doses from the federal government. The Vaccine Scheduler Portal is a tool to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a health department. 

  • The Tulsa Health Department is unable to assist with technical support for the Oklahoma Vaccine Portal due to it being created and managed by Oklahoma State Department of Health. Here is their FAQ page for questions or you may also follow OSDH News for the latest updates and news.
    • 211 is a resource to help people with their questions and assist as they are able to with understanding and accessing the vaccine portal/resources.

Other Opportunities
There are other ways to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Healthcare systems and pandemic providers are given vaccine allocations and are utilizing their own system to schedule appointments. Everyone follows the state's priority framework. View opportunities: bit.ly/VaxTulsaCo

Tulsa Health Department Clinic Status
THD is vaccinating anyone age 16 and up as of April 7, 2021. New appointments at THD's Vaccine Clinic are typically added to the Oklahoma Vaccine Portal each Wednesday evening for the following week. Use the email sent from the portal with the “Click here” link emailed to you to schedule. This link does not expire and is the only method to check for appointment availability. No further emails will be sent.

First Dose

Different COVID-19 Vaccines
Currently, there are three different COVID-19 vaccines given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA in the United States. The best COVID-19 vaccine is the first one that is available to you. Do not wait for a specific brand. All currently authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and reduce your risk of severe illness. 

Vaccine Brand Name Who Can Get this Vaccine How Many Shots You Will Need When Are You Fully Vaccinated?
Pfizer-BioNTech People 16 years and older* 2 shots
Given 3 weeks (21 days) apart
2 weeks after your second shot
Moderna People 18 years and older 2 shots
Given 4 weeks (28 days) apart
2 weeks after your second shot
Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (temporarily paused) People 18 years and older 1 shot 2 weeks after your shot

 

 

 

 

 

 

*16- and 17-year-olds can receive the Pfizer vaccine with parental consent and with a parent present at the vaccination site.

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.

THD Vaccine Clinic
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. View more about What to Expect at Your Appointment

Second Dose

If You Received Your First Dose from THD
If you received your first or "prime" vaccine dose with the Tulsa Health Department, at this time, please return to our vaccine clinic 21 (Pfizer) or 28 (Moderna) days after your first dose. Your appointment for your second dose will be made on-site. You will receive a handout with your scheduled appointment time for your second dose. Please bring your vaccine card with you. Do not schedule an appointment through the Oklahoma Vaccine Portal even if you receive a reminder to do so. You will not receive a reminder email from the portal for your second dose. Please note that THD’s vaccine clinic is not open on the weekends. Call 918-582-9355 with questions.

If You Received Your First Dose at other County Health Department/Pandemic Provider
If the facility you received your first or "prime" dose from gives you specific instructions on what to do to receive a second dose, i.e. a scheduling card or other instructions, you should follow those instructions. If not, you can use the Oklahoma Vaccine Portal to schedule your second dose at another vaccine clinic including THD. Please bring your vaccine card with you. The Oklahoma State Department of Health has instructions regarding different paths you can follow to secure a second dose appointment. Call 918-582-9355 with questions.

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?
If 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.

CDC Guidance after Vaccination

The CDC has shared guidance for those who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination series.

  • Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received their first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and after their second dose for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 
  • CDC guidance recommends that fully vaccinated people can omit wearing masks in the following scenarios:
    • Visiting other fully vaccinated people indoors
    • Visiting with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • If you do choose to gather, we recommend keeping gatherings small, as larger gatherings still pose a risk of transmission.
    • As weather permits, we encourage finding outdoor activities when gathering with friends and family. 
  • While a large majority of the Oklahoma population remains unvaccinated, OSDH recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, should:
    • Continue masking in public spaces where the vaccination status of others is uncertain and social distancing is not possible
    • Continue monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19
    • Consider testing for COVID-19 after exposure and isolate if symptoms develop
    • Continue wearing a mask, washing your hands and watching your distance following visits to public places

It’s vital that Oklahomans continue to take the necessary steps to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. These actions, in conjunction with the vaccine plan, will make a huge difference in keeping our families and communities safe and healthy in the long term.

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 all locations. You will see directional signage and staff to direct you where to go for your appointment.

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. We offer an accessible loading/unloading area with THD staff available to help in any way to assist clients inside. THD does offer mobility assistance and assistants for those that may need assistance from the car through the line and back to the car. We recommend having a driver drop off the client at the door, park in the lot and be called to pick up the client when finished with their appointment. Chairs are also provided for those that need to sit during the process. Support individuals can escort patients for their appointment.

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

  • First Dose Appointments: If this is your first dose, you will receive an appointment for your second dose on site.
  • 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. 

Cost
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. 

Different Vaccines
As COVID-19 vaccines are authorized and then recommended for use in the United States, it will be important to understand what is known about each vaccine. CDC will continue to update and provide information on who is and is not recommended to receive each vaccine and what to expect after vaccination, as well as ingredients, safety and effectiveness.

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.

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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. Appointment availability will depend on vaccine supply in each county, which changes from week to week as the state receives more vaccine doses from the federal government.

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 16 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?
At this time, you may not be able to choose due to availability, 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. Hours, eligibility requirements 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. Appointments are required at all locations