Posted Date: 01/13/2021
Important COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Teachers & Support Staff from State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) must prioritize when certain individuals and groups receive the COVID-19 vaccine because the state’s allotment of the vaccine, as is the case with all states, fluctuates from week to week. With school teachers and support staff in such critical positions, we are thankful that all school personnel are in Phase 2 of the state’s vaccine distribution.
As Oklahoma witnesses a surge in coronavirus cases, I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity. Regardless of where you reside in the state, you can schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine by going online to OSDH’s Vaccine Scheduler Portal at https://vaccinate.oklahoma.gov . This easy-to-use portal offers a questionnaire that helps determine your priority group for vaccination. Specifically, you will want to answer YES to the following question:
Are you a teacher, or a student age 16 and older, or a resident or administrative staff in an educational setting such as pre-K-12 schools, child care facilities, early childhood facilities, colleges, universities, career/vocational technology centers, or other post-secondary institution?
Moreover, it is possible that other factors might make you a candidate for vaccination even sooner. For example, Oklahomans age 65 or older can get the vaccine now. After this group, Oklahomans under 65 with specific medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, will be eligible. Again, the portal will find the earliest you can receive the vaccine, and it will ensure you have the opportunity to schedule your appointment at a convenient location.
You can learn more about the vaccine here. We all know how the three W’s – wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance – are critical in beating COVID-19. Now, we have a fourth W—welcome the vaccine!
On behalf of all Oklahoma families, I want to thank you for your hard work and dedication especially during these extraordinary times.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction