TULSA, okla. The Oklahoma Department of Health requests the Federal Emergency Management Agency to set up two vaccine megapods, one in Oklahoma City and one in Tulsa.
State health leaders were informed last week that FEMA was contacting them to set up these “mega-distribution points” to expedite the process of vaccinating Oklahomans.
Keith Reed, Oklahoma’s assistant health commissioner, said the state had been informed that if FEMA put up a megapod that could treat more than 6,000 people a day, those vaccines would not come from a separate federal allocation, but instead would come from the weekly dose allocation that the state receives and sends to each county for distribution.
Reed said when he realized the state’s weekly allotment was going to be impacted, they didn’t want to risk disrupting the normal distribution of COVID vaccines across the state.
Reed said OSDH will continue to monitor the criteria required for a megapod. If FEMA got its own dose distribution, the state would be pushing megapod plans, which could feature a megapod in addition to the normal vaccine distribution plans.