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 will begin 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
Later in Phase 1B, the vaccine will be available to 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
It is always my greatest honor and most sincere privilege to serve you as your state Senator.