Oklahoma may be forced to throw out up to 80,000 J&J Covid shots set to expire at end of month

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Sumary of Oklahoma may be forced to throw out up to 80,000 J&J Covid shots set to expire at end of month:

  • Health experts fear the vaccine will be wasted as Oklahoma’s demand for vaccines has plummeted by more than 80 percent from mid-April to early June from 33,000 doses distributed a day to around 5,000..
  • The excess supply of vaccines is a problem health departments are facing nationwide as they try to convince millions of unvaccinated Americans to get the shots..
  • ‘We’re working very hard, both at the federal level and at the local level, to do everything we can to make sure that these vaccines can be used and deployed in the very best possible way,’ he said..
  • According to data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 42 percent of adults in the state have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine..
  • The state is pacing behind the rest of the country, where 63.8 percent of American adults have received at least one shot, and more than 53 percent are fully vaccinated, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show..
  • The U.S Department of Health and Human Services estimates that it is among the most vaccine hesitant states in the nation, with some counties having a vaccine hesitant population of more than 30 percent..
  • Getting the vaccine to the states rural population is a challenge as well, and the state even rolled out a ‘vaccine vans’ program, bringing mobile vaccine clinics to the more remote areas of the state..
  • Oklahoma’s challenges with vaccine hesitancy and failure to deliver the jab to certain populations are a microcosm of a nationwide trend….

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