State Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay, received the first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week.
Roe received the vaccine through her duties as a nurse practitioner in Pauls Valley, a role she has continually held while also serving as state representative for House District 42.
“I received my first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine,” Roe said on Tuesday.
“With the uncertainty of this virus and not knowing how long I will have antibodies from my previous infection, after much discussion with some of my physician peers, including an infectious disease specialist, I decided it was in the best interest of the people I care for in the healthcare arena to be protected further.
“That is the basis of my decision for taking the vaccine.”
She tested positive for COVID-19 in late June. Roe has 37 years of nursing experience and serves as vice-chair of the House Public Health Committee.
The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are reserved for frontline health care professionals and nursing home staff and residents.
Doses will be available to government officials and the general public at a later date.
A timeline of Oklahoma Health Department’s vaccine distribution plan is available online.
Roe's House District 42 includes parts of Garvin and McClain counties.