Essential Industry Members Including Film and Music Workforce Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has announced that beginning March 9, 2021, people in Phase 3 priority groups of Oklahoma’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan are eligible to sign up for appointments. Totaling about 2.5 million Oklahomans, Phase 3 encompasses the expanded education group and the essential worker group, including those in communications such as motion picture production, sound recording and telecommunications.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt deemed the motion picture and sound recording industries essential businesses in the state, helping avert future shutdowns in this sector to remain open to the global film and television industry. In doing so, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office has recruited 33 film and television productions throughout Fiscal Year 21 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) and will create an estimated 10,218 local jobs with a direct impact of $161.7 million on the state’s economy.

Several vaccination options are available to Oklahomans, including those administered by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, county health departments, IMMY labs, and local retailers such as Walmart and Sam’s Club.

For a complete list of those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the Phase 3 priority group per Governor Kevin Stitt’s Executive Order, review the Oklahoma Essential Industries list.

For more information on how to sign up, including a step-by-step guide, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health Portal.

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About Oklahoma Film + Music Office
Created in 1979, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, visit okfilmmusic.org.

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