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“I’m perfectly healthy, and my doctor hasn’t told me I need to get it,” said Stitt, who was the first governor to contract COVID-19. Stitt said he experienced mild symptoms when he had the virus last summer.
Stitt got the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine in a news conference in late March. At the time, the governor said he was trying to lead by example on the COVID-19 vaccines.
Dr. Dale Bratzler, the chief COVID officer at the University of Oklahoma, recently said getting a booster shot gives a person about 25 times more protection against the omicron variant than not getting boosted. He cited data showing the effectiveness of the Moderna booster shot, and said the data is similar for the Pfizer booster.
Only about 53% of Oklahomans are fully vaccinated, which is well below the national average of 61.8% and far behind Vermont’s first-in-the-nation rate of 77.3%, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Also in Oklahoma News:
Federal Judge Denies Oklahoma’s Request to Block Vaccine Mandate for National Guard
U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot (G.W. Bush) denied Oklahoma’s request for a preliminary injunction, saying the claims by Gov. Kevin Stitt, Attorney General John O’Connor and 16 anonymous Oklahoma National Guard members were without merit.
“The vaccine mandate to which the governor objects is the one — in addition to the nine that already apply to all service members — intended to protect service members from the virus which has, in less than two years, killed more Americans than have been killed in action in all of the wars the United States has ever fought,” Friot wrote. “The court is required to decide the case on the basis of federal law, not common sense. But, either way, the result would be the same.”
Finally in Oklahoma News:
Tulsa-Based Talk Show Host Clay Clark Sued Over Accusations Election Was Rigged
Tulsa businessman and talk show host Clay Clark is the latest election-conspiracies promoter to be sued by a former Dominion Voting Systems executive whom Clark and others have accused of rigging the 2020 presidential election.
The suit, which names Clark personally and one of his companies as defendants, says Clark recklessly spread false, damaging and potentially dangerous claims about Eric Coomer, formerly director of product strategy and security for Dominion Voting Systems; it accuses him and his company of defamation, civil conspiracy and intentional distress. It seeks a permanent injunction against Clark and his company and seeks unspecified damages.