COVId-19 vaccine distribution going well
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that he was pleased with the teams and the work they are doing and grateful for our hospitals and pharmacies for doing a great job on the front line in getting the COVID-19 vaccinations out quickly. “The vaccines are coming in and moving out and getting in the arms of Arkansans,” he said. “Right now all of our Long Term Care facilities have had vaccination clinics available to them. One hundred percent have had a least one clinic. First responders have been covered and over 50 percent of our teachers and staff have had assess to vaccinations. He emphasized numbers or a data source is available to point to but that is the best estimate based on surveys taken across the state.
“In terms of our 70 plus population we have a ways to go,” he said. “We have more to cover and we need to make more progress with our 70 plus before we open up our vaccine distribution to more elements of Phase 1B As of today 12.8 % of Arkansas population vaccinated. That is a huge step forward in our fight against COVid 19. “
The governor announced that this week the national retail pharmacy program will be providing a 20% increase in available doses in Arkansas over and above what the state is doing through the retail community pharmacies. The program will be administered through Walmart and 58 Walmart stores in the state. There will be 11,000 doses delivered this week to those stores. “They are not there yet but we anticipate they will be coming this week and that Friday they will be able to start administering those doses. That adds to the partnership we already have in pace with our community pharmacies and our hospitals,” he said.
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