THD Encourages COVID-19 Vaccinations

As we have done since the start of the pandemic, we rely heavily on the guidance from our local healthcare leaders to make informed decisions to protect our neighbors.

Tulsa’s data and data from across the United States verifies that vaccination is key in helping prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19.

The expression I’ve heard time and time again from our local healthcare leaders is that COVID-19 has become a pandemic of the unvaccinated.

Unfortunately, we have had a variety of challenges thrown our way throughout this pandemic and a lot of misinformation has been circulated, but the Tulsa Health Department has been the steady voice for data-driven advice. The Tulsa Health Department is independent from city government and does not play partisan politics, rather they look at the data and use their expertise when making recommendations.

Our local health care leaders have been clear that the only way to end this pandemic is to increase our vaccination rate.

As kids get back to the classroom, I can’t help but think of the sacrifices they have made throughout the last year, and the sacrifices their parents, teachers and loved ones have made.

If each of us did this one thing – getting vaccinated – the health outcomes in Tulsa could be much better. 
In the last several weeks as cases have increased, more and more people are seeing the reasons why so many of us have made the decision to get the vaccine. We’re not just getting vaccinated to protect ourselves, but we’re getting vaccinated so that others can receive timely care in hospitals for things that aren’t related to COVID-19.

If you’re on the fence about getting vaccinated and have questions, don’t listen to me. Go talk to your doctor. Your doctor knows your health background better than anyone and can give you the best advice.

In short, I am incredibly grateful for our local healthcare leaders who have put their health and safety on the line for all those who they serve, and the best thing we can do right now to show our gratitude for their service is by getting vaccinated. 

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