The Tulsa Health Department continues to vaccinate anyone ages 5 and up with COVID-19 vaccine clinic locations across Tulsa County.
The Tulsa Health Department anticipates receiving the vaccine for 6 months to 5 years within a week and will begin administering the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as soon as the vaccine is received.
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. View What to Expect at Your Appointment
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||Initial Booster Dose||
Initial Booster Dose for
Second Booster Dose for Certain Populations
|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||At least 3 months after third primary dose||At least four months after initial booster dose|
|Pfizer-BioNTech for 6 months to 4 years||People 6 months to 4 years*||3 shots First and second given 3-8 weeks apart, second and third given at least 8 weeks apart**||2 weeks after your third shot||Not authorized||Not authorized||Not authorized||Not authorized|
|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||At least 3 months after third primary dose||At least four months after initial booster dose.|
|Moderna for 6 months to 5 years||People 6 months to 5 years*||2 shots Given 4-8 weeks apart||2 weeks after your second shot||Not authorized||Not authorized||Not authorized||Not authorized|
|Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen||People 18 years and older||1 shot||2 weeks after your
|Recommended; talk to healthcare provider||At least 2 months after second dose||Recommended; talk to healthcare provider||At least four months after initial booster dose.|
*6 months to 17-year-olds can receive the Pfizer vaccine with parental consent and with a parent/guardian present at the vaccination site.
**For people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system), the first and second doses are separated by three weeks, and the second and third doses are separated by at least eight weeks.
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.
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; they are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness. 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 two-dose vaccine series and administered at least four weeks (28 days) after completing a primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. Individuals who have received a single Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine should receive one additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with CDC guidelines.
- People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional primary shot is appropriate for them.
What is THD doing?
- The Tulsa Health Department is administering additional primary 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 5 years and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech may get an initial booster dose at least 5 months after completing primary COVID-19 vaccination series. Second booster doses are strongly recommended at least 4 months after initial booster dose to certain populations including those 12 and older who are immunocompromised and those 50 and older.
- For individuals age 18 years and older who received Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may get an initial booster at least 5 months after completing primary COVID-19 vaccination series. Second booster doses are strongly recommended at least 4 months after initial booster dose to certain populations including those 12 and older who are immunocompromised and those 50 and older.
- For individuals age 18 years and older who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine may get an initial booster at least 2 months after initial dose. Second booster doses are strongly recommended at least 4 months after initial booster dose to certain populations including those 12 and older who are immunocompromised and those 50 and older.
- Moderately or immunocompromised people who have who have completed a primary series of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) are recommended to receive an mRNA booster dose 3 months after the last primary dose making a total of 4 doses in accordance with CDC guidelines. Second booster doses are available at least 4 months after initial booster dose.
- Moderately or immunocompromised people who have received a single Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine should receive one additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and one booster dose (preferably mRNA) for a total of 3 vaccine doses in accordance with CDC guidelines. Second booster doses are available at least 4 months after initial booster dose.
What is THD doing?
- The Tulsa Health Department is administering initial and second 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.
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 6 months 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.