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Governor Asa Hutchinson encourages Arkansans to take COVID-19 vaccine

The Governor is urging people to take the vaccine as it becomes available.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas is one month into administering the COVID-19 vaccine, and Governor Asa Hutchinson says their administration is getting ready to move into Phase 1-B in the beginning of February. The Governor is urging people to take the vaccine as it becomes available.

Governor Hutchinson sent 5NEWS this statement:

“Phase 1-B, which we plan to start in February, includes people who are at least 70 years of age, teachers and school staff, food and agricultural workers, firefighters and law enforcement that were not included in 1-A. It will also include manufacturing workers, grocery store employees, public transportation workers, child care workers, and essential workers in government, including legislators."

Local healthcare workers who have recieved their first dose are encouraging people to do their research when deciding to get the vaccine. 

“Other pandemics have successfully ended with vaccinations, and so what our public needs to know is the vaccine is safe and very effective...I think if people read the science behind it people might trust more the safety and efficiency of the vaccine,” says Dr. Huda Sharaf with the Fayetteville Board of Health. 

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