More than 126 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the United States from Dec. 14, 2020, through March 22, 2021.
If you want to get vaccinated, you can because Oklahoma has opened distribution to anyone over the age of 18. There are no obstacles – and the website www.vaccinelocator.org makes it even easier. If you plug in zip code 74012 and select a 10-mile radius, you will see 50 locations to get vaccinated.
So what’s stopping you?
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Results from monitoring efforts are reassuring. Some people have no side effects. Many people have reported mild side effects, which are common after COVID-19 vaccination, like pain or swelling at the injection site, headache, chills or fever.
Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. A vaccine also will help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection – immunity – against the virus that causes COVID-19. That means it is possible a person could still get COVID-19 before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection. People are considered fully protected two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.