Ark. Dept. of Health: People 70+ can get COVID-19 vaccine starting Jan. 18

Ark. Dept. of Health: People 70+ can get COVID-19 vaccine starting Jan. 18
The Arkansas Department of Health has released more information regarding the first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations in the state. (Source: Ark. Department of Health)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KSLA) - The Arkansas Department of Health has released updated information regarding who in the state can receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1.

Starting Jan. 18, Arkansas residents who are 70 and older and those who work in education will be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. The health department says vaccines will be available either through clinics at people’s worksite or by appointment at a community pharmacy.

Click here to see a map of pharmacies across the state that are administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

The health department has also updated its guide to Phase 1 of COVID-19 vaccinations. The current phase is Phase 1-A. Healthcare workers, long-term care residents and staff, EMS, fire, and law enforcement personnel who serve as first responders are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Phase 1-B, which starts Jan. 18, will include people 70 and older, teachers and school staff, as well as child care and higher education workers. The department says later on in Phase 1-B, food and agriculture workers, firefighters and police not categorized in 1-A, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, child care workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, and essential government workers will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Phase 1-C, estimated to begin in April, will see people 65 and older, people 16 to 64-years-old with high-risk medical conditions, and workers in transportation and logistics, water and wastewater, food service, shelter and housing finance, IT and communications, energy, media, public safety, and public health workers.

The Arkansas Department of Health has released more information regarding the first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations in the state.
The Arkansas Department of Health has released more information regarding the first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations in the state. (Source: Ark. Department of Health)

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