Today, Mayor G.T. Bynum, Kelly VanBuskirk, Tulsa Health Department’s Division Chief of Prevention, Preparedness & Response, and Saint Francis Senior Vice President Dr. Mark Frost gave an update on COVID-19 in the Tulsa area.
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to slowly decline in the Tulsa area. Experts still advise everyone to follow CDC guidance and best mitigation practices to slow the spread. Vaccination, social distancing, masking, and proper hygiene continue to be the best ways to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in the Tulsa area.
Those who are 12 years old and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge, regardless of health insurance status. The three vaccines being administered in Tulsa County are Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
There are various places to receive the vaccine. To learn more and to schedule an appointment, visit vaccinate918.com.
Additionally, the Tulsa State Fair, which runs from September 30 to October 10, will host an on-site vaccination clinic each day of the fair. No appointments are necessary.
Vaccine Booster Updates
The Tulsa Health Department has begun administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to individuals approved and recommended to receive the booster shots from the CDC. Those who qualify are eligible to receive their booster shot six months after the completion of their vaccine series. For more information, visit www.tulsa-health.org/COVID19.
If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, stay home and go get a COVID-19 test. To make an appointment for a test, or to see a list of locations receiving walk-ins, visit https://tulsa-health.org/request-covid-19-test
For questions about vaccinations and testing, call THD at (918) 582-9355.
American Rescue Plan Act Funds
The City of Tulsa has received an initial ARPA allocation of $43,913,258 and will receive a similar payment in May 2022 from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The City will use the funds to support COVID-19 response efforts and support in the economic recovery of the city. A portion of the funds was awarded to aid more than 70 local nonprofit organizations that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic to support fulfilling their mission. Using some of the funds, the City is providing stipends and retention bonuses for City of Tulsa employees to address in the hiring of critical positions. The City is also providing a stipend for employees who receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
For more information about the ARPA report , as well as other coronavirus relief-funded programs, visit: www.cityoftulsa.org/covidrelief.