LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Jan. 18, the beginning of Phase 1B meant vaccinations could be administered to Arkansans aged 70 and older as well as education staff, which included child care.
On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Hutchinson announced the minimum age requirement of the COVID-19 vaccination plan to be lowered to those aged 65 and older, effectively making the vaccine available to an additional 115,000 more Arkansans.
Then on March 2, Hutchinson expanded Phase 1B to include food manufacturing workers. This list includes an estimated 49,000 people.
Vaccine clinics for that group may be done at the respective worksites as well as through local pharmacies or clinics.
We will continue to update this article as Arkansas moves into different vaccination phases.
Additional information on Phase 1B:
- Vaccines available through community pharmacies in every county
- Call ahead to make an appointment
- Vaccine clinics and events may be available at area hospitals or health care providers
- Visit healthy.arkansas.gov for further details
- Districts will determine how many doses are needed and then reach out to the ADH to schedule a vaccination clinic
For a full list of Arkansas pharmacies providing the COVID-19 vaccine, click here.
As a March 2, there have been 652,702 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine given in Arkansas.
Later in Phase 1B, Gov. Hutchinson said the vaccine will be available to essential workers, including:
- Firefighters/police that weren't included in Phase 1A
- Manufacturing workers
- Public transit workers
- U.S. Postal Service workers
- Essential government workers
- Other correctional staff
Phase 1C (estimated to happen around April 2021)
- People between the ages of 16 and 64 who have high-risk medical conditions
- Transportation & logistics
- Water & wastewater
- Food service
- Shelter & housing
- Public safety
- IT & communications
- Public Health Workers
These phases have been based on initial ACIP recommendations. Phases 1B and 1C are subject to change depending on further ACIP recommendations and vaccine supply.
The Arkansas Department of Health has information on what to do if you are someone who is interested in getting the vaccine, but doesn't quite know the process of getting there.
Check out the ADH flowchart below: