Oklahoma governor says he has no plans to get COVID-19 booster


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says he doesn’t plan to get a COVID-19 booster shot, even though health experts are encouraging everyone who is vaccinated to do so.

When asked by a reporter Monday if he plans to get a vaccine booster, the Republican governor responded: “No, probably not.”

Stitt says he’s “perfectly healthy” and that his doctor hasn’t told him he needs it.

“You know, about the only reason I can think of to not recommend a booster shot would be somebody that had a serious allergic reaction or some profound complication of the first two doses of the vaccine or the JNJ vaccine. Short of that, there simply is no indication that I can think of. So the biggest one would be a complication from the first cases,” Dr. Dale Bratzler, OU Health Chief Quality Officer, OU Chief COVID Officer

Stitt’s stance on getting a booster comes even though the state’s public health agency and medical community are encouraging Oklahomans to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or to get a booster if they’ve already been vaccinated.

Last year, Stitt was the nation’s first governor to confirm he contracted COVID-19.

Stitt received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in March 2021.

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