COVID-19 Vaccination Plan
Last updated 1.17.21, 3:13pm
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, correctional staff involved in patient care and transfer, morticians/funeral home staff involved in direct contact or conducting transports and blood donation centers.
Who’s getting the vaccine next?
The first groups in Phase 1-B will be eligible to get the vaccine beginning on Jan. 18. These groups are Arkansans 70 or older and education workers including K-12, child care and higher ed. Additional groups will be eligible in 1-B as supply increases.
The chart below details the plans for Phases 1-B and Phase 1-C.
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 map and full list of those pharmacies around the state.
Arkansans who are 70 and older can also make an appointment at a community pharmacy beginning on Jan. 18. Vaccine clinics and events may also be available in your area through hospitals and health care providers. For those who work in education, the district, facility or college/university should determine how many doses are needed, and then reach out to an ADH Local Health Unit or a community pharmacy to schedule a vaccination clinic.
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- Information on Phases 1-A, 1-B and 1-C | Spanish
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- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Patients | Spanish
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- Vaccine Safety
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Resources for Health Care Workers
Pharmacies providing vaccine to health care workers in phase 1A
Resources for Providers
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers | Spanish
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers