Vaccine phases continue to be fluid situation in state
In an effort to find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Arkansas, Tuesday, January 4, State Senator Greg Leding - D (Fayetteville) scheduled a call with Secretary of Health, Jose Romero to discuss the vaccine process in Arkansas.
Leding said that although the plans are posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website, it leaves Arkansans with a lot of questions. “From the secure arrival of the vaccines in December, we’ve known the process would be long, and that health care workers and long-term care residents would be among the very first to receive them. I don’t know when someone like me—healthy, no known underlying conditions, generally at less risk—will be able to get the vaccine, but I’ve come into this assuming it’ll be spring or later,” said Leding. “As with many of the challenges we’ve faced during the pandemic, a lack of leadership and planning at the federal level can be blamed here. My understanding is that there hasn’t been much in the way of support for last-mile distribution. That’s not to let our state off the hook, but we’re facing challenges similar to what other states are facing. According to the CDC, Arkansas’s rate of distribution looks to be in line with most states, though it looks like we’re ahead of most southern states.”
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