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THD Will Soon Start Administering new COVID-19 Vaccine Under Emergency Use Authorization

TULSA, OK – [July 25, 2022] – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine for primary series vaccination in adults ages 18 and older.

Novavax is a two-dose, protein-based COVID-19 vaccine, adding another option to the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines and the Johnson & Johnson viral-vector vaccine.

Protein-based vaccines have been used in the United States for more than 30 years, beginning with the first licensed hepatitis B vaccine. Other familiar vaccines used in the U.S. created with the same science include those that protect against influenza and whooping cough.

“Novavax vaccine was created using the same science as vaccines that have been around for decades including the seasonal flu vaccine,” said THD Division Chief of Preventive Health Services Priscilla Haynes. “This is another COVID-19 vaccine option that may be more appealing to individuals who are hesitant to receiving a RNA vaccine.”

In Oklahoma, the Novavax vaccine will be available for individuals in early August. The Tulsa Health Department will begin offering the newly approved Novavax COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 and older as soon as the supply is received. It is anticipated the vaccine will be available before August 1.  

Other COVID-19 vaccines already on the market are readily available at a variety of providers throughout Tulsa County. COVID-19 vaccines are available on an appointment basis at the following Tulsa Health Department locations. 

   James O. Goodwin Health Center | 5051 S. 129 E. Ave., Tulsa, OK
   Central Regional Health Center | 315 S. Utica, Tulsa, OK
   North Regional Health and Wellness Center | 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tulsa OK 

To make an appointment, visit Those 17 and under must have parent or guardian present for consent to receive the vaccine.

“Vaccines are the best way to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases and we know that receiving your COVID-19 vaccine decreases severe illness, hospitalizations and death from COVID-19,” added Haynes.

More information regarding vaccine clinic locations in Tulsa County can be found at Call 918-582-9355 to speak to a public health professional. For more information about COVID-19, please visit

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