- Associated Press - Friday, February 26, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - More than 1 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Oklahoma, state health officials announced on Friday.

Deputy Health Commissioner Keith Reed said the milestone was reached after data was obtained from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on federal doses administered through the Indian Health Service and U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Those numbers previously were not included in the state’s vaccination count.

“We have previously discussed that we believed our total count would be underrepresented as a result of the different reporting systems for state and federal vaccine data,” Reed said in a statement.

According to CDC data, Oklahoma currently ranks 11th nationally, with 16.5% of its population having received at least one dose compared to a national average of 14.2%.

Meanwhile, state health officials reported 867 confirmed new coronavirus cases on Friday and 18 new deaths, bringing the statewide totals to more than 423,00 confirmed cases and 4,320 deaths.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Oklahoma’s seven-day rolling average of positivity rate, daily new cases, and deaths have all declined in the last two weeks.

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