OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is working to ensure Oklahomans have widely available access to N95 masks in the state.
In partnership with the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association and state partner pharmacies, OSDH will distribute N95 masks statewide to local pharmacies through a distribution system that will provide Oklahomans with the ability to visit their local pharmacies. to receive N95 masks, without charging.
Through OSDH and federal government distributions, independent local pharmacies and pharmacies that are part of the Federal Retail Providers program will make N95 masks available to Oklahomans across the state.
“With the highly transmissible omicron variant, we know that the quality of the mask someone chooses to wear matters,” said Michael DeRemer, director of emergency preparedness and response for the OSDH. “We want to make sure all Oklahomans have access to the best possible mask to protect themselves and others from this virus, no matter where they live and at no cost.”
The first shipment of masks was sent to select pharmacies on Thursday, January 27, with the next shipment, to other pharmacies, taking place on Monday, January 31.
In total, the OSDH will distribute a total of just over 500,000 N95 masks across the state.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) protects and improves public health through its system of local health services and strategies focused on disease prevention. OSDH provides technical support and advice to 68 Oklahoma County Health Departments, as well as advice and consultation to the two independent City and County Health Departments of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Learn more at Oklahoma.gov/health.