By Whitney Bryen
Oklahoma Watch 

Arms race: Why 62,000 doses of Covid vaccine sit frozen in Oklahoma


January 31, 2021

Whitney Bryen, Oklahoma Watch

Oklahomans age 65 and older stand in line awaiting their Covid-19 vaccine at Ebenezer Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City on Jan. 26. Oklahoma City County Health Department expected to administer 1,100 doses that day.

The state Department of Health provided 97,500 doses to CVS and Walgreens, who were contracted by the federal government to vaccinate vulnerable residents and workers at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, veteran centers and other long-term care facilities.

Barely one-third of those doses have been administered, according to federal data. The rest remain in freezers. And residents, workers, family members and state officials are in the dark about which facilities have received the vaccine and who's next.

Beyond the long-term care residents and workers still waiting, Oklahomans age 65 a...

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