TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma is opening up the COVID-19 vaccine to nonresidents, the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Wednesday.
Effective Thursday, anyone 16 or older can get their vaccination in Oklahoma.
“While our focus has been and will continue to be on vaccinating Oklahomans, we have always known there would be a point at which supply and increasing capacity would allow us to welcome residents from neighboring states into Oklahoma to get vaccinated,” said Deputy Commissioner Keith Reed.
“We are now reaching that point and are happy to extend a welcome to our neighbors as part of our efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the region. This virus does not adhere to boundaries drawn on a map, so by ensuring high vaccination rates across the region — not just Oklahoma — we are providing an extra layer of protection for our residents.”
The state passed 2 million vaccines administered last week.
Oklahomans 16 and 17 years old can receive the Pfizer vaccine with parental consent and with a parent present at the vaccination site. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to those 18 or older.
“This is the right thing to do for our neighbors,” said Reed. “We hope to see other states that have fared well in administration rates follow suit as we all continue to work together to bring an end to this pandemic.”