By Rob Wells
Some 3,250 people received the COVID-19 vaccine in Arkansas in the last 24 hours, the Arkansas Department of Health said Thursday.
Arkansas has received:
–92,625 Pfizer doses; 24,302 administered, an increase of 1,629 since Wednesday.
–31,700 Moderna doses; 4,539 administered, an increase of 1,533 since Wednesday..
–Federal long-term care via CVS, Walgreens: 178, up 94.
Health Department spokesman Gavin Lesnick said the department expects the 1a list of vaccinations –healthcare workers, nursing home staff and residents, emergency medical services people — to be concluded in the next few weeks. Next up will be the 1b group, which the Centers for Disease Control defines as frontline essential workers and individuals 75 years of age and older and the 1c group, other essential workers, persons 65–74 years of age, and individuals 16–64 years of age with underlying medical conditions. Arkansas may modify the CDC definitions of 1b and 1c groups; a decision expected within two weeks.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said this week the nursing home vaccinations have been slow to roll out due to the holidays, the need for consent forms and other logistics within these regulated facilities. Hutchinson called for a faster pace for the vaccinations. “Lives are at stake and I know there’s been unique challenges but we have a job to do. We have to get this vaccine as it’s received administered because this is what will turn the tide,” he said.
Lesnick said he expects “the pace to increase here into the New Year.”
As of Thursday morning, Arkansas had received 92,625 Pfizer doses and had administered a total of 24,302 doses, or 26% of the available supply. There were 1,629 people who received the Pfizer vaccine since Wednesday. The state also had received 31,700 Moderna doses and administered a total 4,539 doses, or 14% of the available supply. There were 1,533 people who received the Moderna vaccination since Wednesday. Also for nursing homes, CVS and Walgreens have vaccinated a total of 178 people, up 94 from Wednesday, through the federal long-term care program.