The Tulsa Health Department continues to vaccinate anyone ages 12 and up with new expanded 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. Anyone over the age of 12 can make an appointment through the Oklahoma Vaccine Portal. Those 12-17 years old will need a parent or guardian present for consent to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna vaccine is recommended for those 18 years and older.
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: bit.ly/VaxTulsaCo
Different COVID-19 Vaccines
Currently, there are three different COVID-19 vaccines given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA in the United States. 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 12 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||People 18 years and older||1 shot||2 weeks after your shot|
*12 to 17-year-olds can receive the Pfizer vaccine with parental consent and with a parent/guardian 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.
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, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except 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, in conjunction with the vaccine plan, 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.
Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants persist.
The delta variant has quickly become the dominant COVID-19 variant around the world, the U.S., and Oklahoma. Data show that the delta variant is roughly twice as contagious as the initial strain of COVID-19, and people infected with it are more likely to need hospitalization. We are beginning to see increasing transmission among unvaccinated individuals, especially as the delta variant spreads. This does not have to be the case. We have effective vaccines that protect against this variant.
The best thing you can do to protect yourself and those around you from new variants is to get a COVID-19 vaccine. It’s much less likely that you will contract a serious case of COVID-19 that could cause hospitalization or death. Anyone age 12 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.
Information about the characteristics of these variants is rapidly emerging. Learn more from the CDC.
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.