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Weather threat cancels Tulsa Health Department vaccinations

February 12, 2021 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An expected winter storm has led the Tulsa Health Department to cancel coronavirus vaccination appointments on Friday and Monday with the vaccinations to be rescheduled by staff.

“We know residents are anxious and ready to receive their first or second dose, however, it comes down to the safety of them and our staff” traveling to and from the vaccination site said Kelly Van BusKirk, chief of THD’s Division of Prevention, Preparedness and Response.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department’s planned vaccination clinic on Friday was operating and plans for a clinic on Saturday are unchanged, pending the weather, said spokesperson Molly Fleming.

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The National Weather Service has forecast snowfall totals of up to 12 to 18 inches, prompting an emergency declaration by Gov Kevin Stitt.

Stitt on Friday also extended an executive order that includes mask wearing inside state buildings and new restrictions on bars and restaurants and plans to require mask wearing inside state buildings and limiting occupancy to 50% in public buildings.

The state health department on Friday reported totals of 410,818 virus cases and 3,959 deaths due to the illness caused by the virus, increases of 1,417 cases and 11 more deaths since Thursday.