Effective Monday, May 24, 2021, UCO will no longer mandate the use of masks or social distancing. Those who have not been vaccinated should continue to wear a mask to protect themselves and others. Those who have been vaccinated may continue to voluntarily wear a mask if they choose.
Important resources: COVID-19 Testing | Report Exposure/Positive Test | Vaccine Information | COVID-19 Vaccination Self-Reporting | Virtual Services | COVID-19 Website
Passport Health will host COVID-19 vaccine clinics on campus for members of the current eligible priority group. Future clinics will be announced as more vaccine becomes available.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health launched its vaccination portal, open to all Oklahoma residents.
The website asks for some personal information to determine a person's eligibility to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Those who are not currently eligible but have signed up on the website will be notified via email when they can return to the portal to schedule their first dose.
Your local health department determines how vaccines are distributed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) required each state to put together a comprehensive plan describing what the implementation of the new vaccine may look like for their jurisdiction.
UCO faculty, staff and students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine are asked to self-report their vaccination using the university's voluntary vaccination reporting survey. To view the current number of self-reported vaccinations on campus, visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.
More COVID-19 Vaccine Options
Still looking to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment? Here are options being offered across the Oklahoma City metro and statewide.
- Oklahoma City/County Health Department: Multiple vaccination clinic locations in Oklahoma County. Schedule via their website or call 405-425-4489 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Immy Labs: Vaccine appointments available through Immy Labs with large-scale events offered around the Oklahoma City metro area. Schedule via their website or by calling 405-360-4669.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC recommended search tool for vaccines. Includes pharmacy locations and the ability to search by zip code and by COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer.
- Oklahoma City Indian Clinic: Oklahoma City Indian Clinic vaccine appointments available for the general public age 18 and older. COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available via their website or by calling 405-595-3100. Additional appointment slots available every Wednesday morning by 9:00 a.m. for the following week.
- CVS Pharmacy: CVS is administering the COVID-19 vaccine by appointment at select locations around the Oklahoma City metro. Schedule via their website.
- Walgreens: Walgreens is administering the COVID-19 vaccine by appointment at select locations around the Oklahoma City metro. Schedule via their website
- The Chickasaw Nation: The Chickasaw Nation has made the COVID-19 vaccination available to the public at no cost with no requirement of citizenship, employment or residency to be eligible. Appointments are outside the Oklahoma City metro. Schedule via their website or by calling the Chickasaw Nation COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center, which is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at 580-272-1339 to assist patients 65 and older and patients with no internet access. The call center is closed weekends and Chickasaw Nation holidays.
- Mercy Hospital: via their website to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination.
- SSM Health: via their website to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination.
- Oklahoma State Department of Health: OSDH vaccination portal. Sign up and schedule appointments across the state.
- Optimum Care Primary Clinic: Vaccine appointments are available to the general public age 18 and older from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Friday at 105 S. Bryant Ave. Suite 108 (located next to OU Medical Center Edmond). Remote locations will be offered on the weekends. Schedule via the website or call 405-471-6511.
Here are the following benefits of vaccination according to the CDC:
A COVID-19 Vaccination Will Help Prevent Infections
- All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines.
- All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19. Learn more about how federal partners are ensuring COVID-19 vaccines work.
- Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill, even if you do get COVID-19.
- Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on the severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
COVID-19 Vaccination is a Safer Way to Help Build Protection
- COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family and others around you.
- Clinical trials of all vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use, by the Federal Food and Drug Administration, including COVID-19 vaccines. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Watch a video on what an EUA is.
- Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after the initial infection. However, experts don’t know for sure how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
- Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important parts of COVID-19 disease that experts are trying to learn more about, and the CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
COVID-19 Vaccination is an Important Tool to Help Stop the Pandemic
- Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, the CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.
- Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus, if you are exposed.
- The combination of getting vaccinated and following the CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
COVID-19 Vaccines Are One of Many Important Tools to Fight the Virus
It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least six feet away from others, avoid crowds and wash your hands often.
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the CDC website.
After Becoming Fully Vaccinated
According to the CDC, those who have been fully vaccinated can gather indoors without wearing a mask. Additionally, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to stay away from others after being around someone with COVID-19 and do not need to get tested unless they have symptoms. Wearing a mask in public and distancing six feet from others is still recommended.
For more information about post-vaccination guidance, visit the CDC's webpage on the subject.