Arkansascovid Follows Up on Reader Question

Grayson Green, an reporter, fielded a question last week during a Q&A session on our Instagram page. A reader asked when COVID-19 vaccines will be available to people with underlying medical conditions who are severe risk for hospitalizations or death if they contracted the virus?

Gavin Lesnick, Arkansas Department of Health public information director, said this group will be in line for a vaccine but they will follow the order as generally recommended by the Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

People age 70 and older have a priority for the vaccine due to their severe health risks during the pandemic. Lesnick said the ADH is working with a limited supply of the vaccine and demand outstrips supply at this time. As a result, the vaccines are being distributed to the first group, 1A, of medical workers and first responders and 1B, school teachers and essential workers. Details of the Arkansas distribution plan are here. For the latest information on the vaccine rollout, check the Vaccine Information Center page. 

Rob Wells

Rob Wells, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Arkansas School of Journalism and Strategic Media.


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