FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — All Arkansans will soon have a chance to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Here's a look at the Arkansas Department of Health's plan for distributing the vaccines through phases, and which Northwest Arkansas and River Valley pharmacies are currently providing them to approved recipients.
Who can get the vaccine now?
Phase 1-B of the vaccination rollout plan has expanded in a limited capacity, meaning vaccinations are available now for Arkansans who are 65 or older as well as those who work in education including K-12, child care and higher ed.
On March 2, 2021, Arkansas expanded Phase 1-B to include food manufacturing workers (animal food manufacturing workers, grain and oilseed milling workers - including rice milling, soybean processing, flour milling and malt manufacturing, sugar and confectionery product manufacturing workers, fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty food manufacturing workers, dairy product manufacturing workers, animal slaughtering and processing workers - including poultry and meat processed from carcasses, seafood product preparing and packaging workers, bakeries and tortilla manufacturing workers, and other food manufacturing workers - including snack food, coffee and tea and seasoning and dressing workers.)
Vaccinations can also continue for groups in Phase 1-A, including health care workers, residents and staff at 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?
As supply increases, the groups eligible to receive the vaccine under Phase 1-B will expand. Later, Arkansas will then move into Phase 1-C.
The rest of the Phase 1-B group contains frontline essential workers, such as - firefighters/police not in Phase 1-A, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, essential government workers and other correctional staff.
Phase 1-C includes people who are 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions, transportation and logistics workers, water and wastewater workers, food service workers, shelter and housing workers, public safety workers, finance workers, IT and communications workers, energy workers, members of the media and public health workers.
Pharmacies providing COVID-19 vaccines during Phase 1-A and 1-B by county in Northwest Arkansas & River Valley (information provided by the Arkansas Department of Health) Click here to schedule an appointment at Walgreens stores in Arkansas. Click here for information on Walmart stores offering the vaccine.
Use the map below created by the Arkansas Department of Health to find a pharmacy near you offering COVID-19 vaccines.