MILLER COUNTY, Ark. (KSLA) - A new medical provider in southwest Arkansas is on board in helping the state proceed with Phase 1-B COVID protocol. First up are local teachers and others who work with children.
The waiting room was full in the latest clinic in Miller County. It is located on the campus of Fouke Arkansas Schools; and on Thursday, teachers and staffers were in line for a COVID-19 vaccination.
“It was fine. Just like getting a flu shot, nothing to it,” said Kyle Moore, a teacher who went back to class after getting the vaccination.
The vaccinations were administered by a pharmacy contracted through the State of Arkansas.
The school district received a $500,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Health to open the Fouke Health & Wellness Center. The school-based clinic has the ability to conduct rapid COVID-19 tests and is equipped with three exam rooms for medical observation.
The clinic has partnered with medical doctors with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
“Our goal is to be able to do well, child visits, sick visits, as well as general primary care service,” Dr. Ellen Hudson said.
Although on Thursday the focus was on providing the COVID-19 vaccine to school employees, leaders say the clinic also will serve the community since there are no other medical facilities in Fouke and south Miller County.
“Even if they don’t live in our school district, they can call and make an appointments,” clinic director Amanda Whitehead said.
The $500,000 grant will be distributed over a five-year period.