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The Newest Numbers: COVID-19 Data

The Newest Numbers: COVID-19 Data

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Recent numbers show that more OU community members are getting vaccinated – take a look at the latest data, which also points to the vaccine’s effectiveness.

Vaccinations at OU: What We Know

Norman Campus

Student Survey Data: OU Health Services at Goddard Health Center facilitated a survey in June 2021 of current Norman campus students (n=2,867) regarding attitudes and behaviors related to vaccines. Key findings included:

  • 73% of students responding (undergraduate and graduate) had one or more vaccine doses at the time of the survey
  • Upperclassmen and graduate students were more likely to be vaccinated when compared to first-year students
  • 63% of rising sophomores received at least one dose, as compared to 84% of graduate student respondents receiving at least one dose

Move-In Survey Results: As part of the Move-In process on the Norman campus, incoming first-year residential students (n=3,807) were asked about their vaccine status or their intentions to get vaccinated. With an incoming class of 4,595, this represents an 83% sample size. Key findings included:

  • 66.46% of incoming freshmen responding reported they were vaccinated
  • Of those that were not vaccinated, 22.33% expressed interest in getting vaccinated

Walk-In Clinics: Vaccines given during the walk-in vaccine clinics on the Norman campus:

  • 122 vaccines given during Move-In week
  • 235 vaccines given during Camp Crimson week
  • 109 vaccines given at the First Week of Class Mobile Clinic as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24

Health Sciences Center Programs

Health Sciences Center program students who have patient-facing responsibilities must comply with the university’s COVID-19 vaccine policy. Of the approximately 2,870 HSC program students with patient-facing responsibilities, 95% have submitted proof of completed vaccine and 5% have submitted a medical/other declination form as of Wednesday, Aug. 25. HSC program students are located in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Weatherford, Ardmore, Bartlesville and Lawton.


Delta Variant

Breakthrough Cases

What is a breakthrough case?

  • Breakthrough cases occur when a fully vaccinated person becomes infected with the COVID-19 virus. COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective and are a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control. However, some fully vaccinated people still get infected with COVID-19.

Does it mean the vaccine doesn’t work? Why should people get the vaccine if you can still get sick?

  • No vaccine is 100% effective to keep you from getting infected. It’s not impossible to still get COVID-19 once you’re vaccinated, but it’s less likely.
  • Even taking breakthrough cases into account, the vaccine still greatly reduces the chances of getting COVID-19. Although a recent study by the CDC found decreased vaccine effectiveness against the Delta variant, being fully vaccinated significantly reduces the risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19 that could result in hospitalization or death.

Where to Get Vaccinated at OU

COVID-19 vaccines are available to all students, faculty and staff on all three OU campuses at no cost to the individual.

Article Published:  Wednesday, August 25, 2021