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Vaccines from pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna have been granted emergency use authorization, meaning doses can administered in the U.S., including in Arkansas.

The first doses were administered to several frontline workers on Dec. 14 at Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) headquarters in Little Rock. Vaccinations for health care workers, long-term care residents and workers and first responders are now occurring across the state.

Both vaccines have undergone robust safety reviews and clinical trials. Though the development of the vaccines have followed accelerated timelines, safety has not been compromised. The data from the Pfizer and Moderna clinical trials has been carefully reviewed and the FDA signed off on recommendations that found them to be both safe and effective with no significant safety concerns identified. A robust system is in place to evaluate safety of the vaccines even after they are in use.

The first doses were administered to several frontline workers on Dec. 14 at Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) headquarters in Little Rock. Vaccinations for health care workers, long-term care residents and workers and first responders are now occurring across the state.

Both vaccines have undergone robust safety reviews and clinical trials. Though the development of the vaccines have followed accelerated timelines, safety has not been compromised. The data from the Pfizer and Moderna clinical trials has been carefully reviewed and the FDA signed off on recommendations that found them to be both safe and effective with no significant safety concerns identified. A robust system is in place to evaluate safety of the vaccines even after they are in use.

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.

Current Vaccine Eligibility

Phase 1-A

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.

Phase 1-B

Beginning Jan. 18, the first groups in Phase 1-B will be eligible to get the vaccine. 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.


This chart details the plans for Phases 1-B and Phase 1-C

How to Get the Vaccine

Long-term care residents or staff members will likely receive the vaccine through a clinic at the facility. Hospital workers will likely receive the vaccine through a clinic at their worksites. 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 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 contact an ADH Local Health Unit or a community pharmacy to schedule a vaccination clinic.

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