The Tulsa Health Department continues to vaccinate anyone ages 5 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. Anyone over the age of 5 is eligible for an appointment through the Oklahoma Vaccine Portal. Those 5-17 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
- 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.
|Vaccine Brand Name||Who Can Get this Vaccine||How Many Shots You Will Need||When Are You Fully Vaccinated?||Additional Primary Shot for Immunocompromised||Booster Dose**|
|Pfizer-BioNTech||People 5 years and older*||2 shots
Given 3 weeks (21 days) apart
|2 weeks after your second shot||At least 28 days after second dose||At least 5 months after second dose (approved for people 12 years and older*)|
|Moderna||People 18 years and older||2 shots
Given 4 weeks (28 days) apart
|2 weeks after your second shot||At least 28 days after second dose||At least 5 months after second dose|
|Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen||People 18 years and older||1 shot||2 weeks after your
|Not available at this time||At least 2 months after second dose|
*5 to 17-year-olds can receive the Pfizer vaccine with parental consent and with a parent/guardian present at the vaccination site.
**After completing the primary series, some moderately or severely immunocompromised people should get an additional primary shot.
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 did not have a strong enough response to the first two doses of one of the mRNA vaccines. Such people can get a third dose as soon as 28 days after a second dose. 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.
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. In addition, in small studies, fully vaccinated immunocompromised people have accounted for a large proportion of hospitalized breakthrough cases (40-44%). Immunocompromised people who are infected with SARS CoV-2 are also more likely to transmit the virus to household contacts.
- While people who are immunocompromised make up about 3% of the U.S. adult population, they are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness. Included in CDC’s recommendation are people with a range of conditions, such as recipients of organ or stem cell transplants, people with advanced or untreated HIV infection, active recipients of treatment for cancer, people who are taking some medications that weaken the immune system, and others. 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 series and administered at least four weeks after completing a primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. Third doses are only given to those who received a two-dose vaccine series (Pfizer and Moderna) and are not approved for those who received the one-dose Johnson& Johnson Janssen vaccine. The third dose is administered at least 28 days after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna.
- While vaccination is likely to increase protection in this population, even after vaccination, people who are immunocompromised should continue follow current prevention measures (including wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others they do not live with, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces) to protect themselves and those around them against COVID-19 until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider. CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time. At a time when the Delta variant is surging, an additional vaccine dose for some people with weakened immune systems could help prevent serious and possibly life-threatening COVID-19 cases within this population.
What is THD doing?
- The Tulsa Health Department is administering third COVID-19 vaccine 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
Who is eligible?
- For individuals age 12 years and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech may get a booster dose at least 5 months after completing primary COVID-19 vaccination series.
- For individuals age 18 years and older who received Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may get a booster at least 5 months after completing primary COVID-19 vaccination series.
- For individuals age 18 years and older who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine may get a booster at least 2 months after initial dose.
What is THD doing?
- The Tulsa Health Department is administering booster doses to eligible individuals. The Tulsa Health Department will continue to offer vaccines at a variety of locations throughout Tulsa County. Appointments are required and can be made online at www.vaccinate918.com or by calling 211.
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 your 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.
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.
The Delta variant causes more infections and spreads faster than earlier forms of the virus that causes COVID-19. 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 5 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.