COVID-19 Vaccine Access: Phase 1-B

UPDATE: As of March 8, everyone in Phase 1-B will now be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This includes all Arkansans considered "essential workers."


This includes:

o Food and agriculture workers

o Firefighters/police that weren't included in Phase 1A

o Manufacturing workers

o Public transit workers

o U.S. Postal Service workers

o Essential government workers

o Other correctional staff



Phase 1-C is expected to begin in April. Included in Phase 1-C will be:

  • People between the ages of 16 and 64 who have high-risk medical conditions

  • Transportation & logistics

  • Water & wastewater

  • Food service

  • Shelter & housing

  • Public safety

  • Finance

  • IT & communications

  • Energy

  • Media

  • Public Health Workers



UPDATE: As of Feb. 23, Arkansans 65+ will be included in Phase 1-B of vaccine distribution.


UPDATE: As of March 2, food manufacturing workers will be included in Phase 1-B of vaccine distribution.


On Jan. 18, the Arkansas Department of Health moved into Phase 1-B of COVID-19 vaccine distribution.


These vaccines are our greatest long-term defense against this pandemic and I urge you to get your vaccination when the opportunity arises. If you encounter anyone who is worried about getting vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control has a resource that addresses common questions about the side effects of the vaccines, which are all harmless.


No matter which priority level applies to you, the vaccine will not cost you anything out-of-pocket because the federal government is paying for it. If you have health insurance, your carrier will be billed for administrative costs.


Phase 1-B Distribution and Where to Get Vaccinated

Phase 1-B began on Jan. 18 and will begin with Arkansans aged 70 or older. A list of participating pharmacies can be found here and it’s recommended that you call ahead and make an appointment. Vaccine clinics and events may also be available in your area through hospitals and health care providers.


Distribution will also be expanded on Jan. 18 to local providers and ADH Local Health Units to assist with vaccine needs for schools and other educational institutions. According to the ADH, districts should determine how many doses are needed and then reach out to the ADH Local Health Unit or pharmacy in their county to schedule a vaccination clinic.

District 24 Health Units:

Crittenden County: http://bit.ly/Crittenden-ADH

St. Francis County: http://bit.ly/SFC-ADH

Phillips County: http://bit.ly/Phillips-ADH

Lee County: http://bit.ly/Lee-ADH

As a reminder, here are the locations where you can get your vaccinations as your phase becomes active.

In District 24, those locations are as follows:

Crittenden County: Walmart pharmacy 798 West Service Road, West Memphis

St. Francis County: Palestine Family Pharmacy 411 Main Street, Palestine

Lee County: Dean’s Pharmacy at 311 Chestnut Street, Marianna

Phillips County: Hickory Hill Pharmacy at 109 Hickory Hill, Helena



Essential Workers:

o Food and agriculture workers

o Firefighters/police that weren't included in Phase 1A

o Manufacturing workers

o Public transit workers

o U.S. Postal Service workers

o Essential government workers

o Other correctional staff


Click here for information about Phase 1-A distribution.


It is always my greatest honor and most sincere privilege to serve you as your state Senator.


Sincerely,


Keith Ingram