UPDATED: January 15, 2021
Though the development of a COVID-19 vaccine has followed an accelerated timeline, safety has been the top priority.
Vaccinations began in Arkansas shortly after authorization was granted for the initial vaccine. The initial recipients in Arkansas are health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.
There won’t be enough vaccine initially for all adults who want to receive it. Supply will increase into 2021, and additional vaccines may also be authorized.
Who’s getting the vaccine now?
Phase 1-A is happening now, which means vaccine is available for health care workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities and these high priority groups: EMS, fire and law enforcement
who serve as first responders, primary care, urgent care, college/university student health center, K-12 health clinics and school nurses, dental clinics, pharmacies, home health, private care/personal care, hospice care, dialysis centers, corrections officers and blood donation centers.
Who’s getting the vaccine next?
Phase 1-A is expected to continue through the end of January. The chart below details the plans for Phases 1-B and Phase 1-C. A distribution plan for those phases will be posted by January 15.
How can I get the vaccine?
If you are a long-term care resident or staff member, you will likely receive the vaccine through a clinic at the facility. If you work in a hospital, you will likely receive the vaccine through a clinic at your worksite. Others who are in 1-A can receive the vaccine through a community-based pharmacy. Click here for a full list of those pharmacies around the state. Individuals in 1-B and 1-C will the vaccinated through community pharmacies and medical clinics. More information will be provided prior to the start of those phases.
To protect yourself and others, the ADH recommends:
- Get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you. Click here for more information about vaccination.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Practice physical distancing. Avoid close contact with others, especially those who are sick, by keeping at least 6 feet between you and others.
- If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, seek testing. Testing is available in many locations, including ADH Local Health Units.
- Wear a face covering when you are exposed to non-household members and physical distancing cannot be assured. Click here to read the requirements.
Map of Community Pharmacies that Offer COVID-19 Vaccine
Resources for Public
Resources for Health Care Workers
Pharmacies providing vaccine to health care workers in phase 1A
Resources for Providers