Insurance commissioner says vaccine won't threaten coverage
March 19, 2021
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will have no impact on life insurance coverage or benefits, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready said Thursday in response to what he said was misinformation circulating online.
Mulready said all three vaccines being distributed in Oklahoma are safe and effective and have received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
"I assure you that getting a COVID-19 vaccine will not impact your life insurance benefits," Mulready said in a statement.
Oklahoma currently ranks 13th in the nation with 25.3% of its population having received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to a national average of 22.7%, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 559 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to more than 434,000 since the pandemic began in March. The department also reported the CDC added 34 additional deaths Thursday to the state's provisional death count, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 7,644.