Small Northern Arkansas County Leads State in COVID-19 Vaccinations

By Haley Hale

Clay County, a small county in northeastern Arkansas, has fully vaccinated about 9% of its population, the highest per capital rate in the state, according to an analysis of state health data.

Alan Vaughn, director of the Clay County Office of Emergency Management, said the local pharmacies are going all out to meet the needs of the community. “We’ve got really competent pharmacies here,” Vaughn said.

Clay County, with a population of about 12,000, administered second COVID-19 doses to about 9% its population as of Feb. 18 and administered single doses to about 17% of the population. The state’s largest county, Pulaski County, has fully vaccinated about 8.5% of its population. Statewide, about 6.1% of the population has received both vaccine doses.


Vaughn said while information about vaccines has been spread mostly through word-of-mouth, Clay County has also used newspapers and social media, specifically Facebook, to talk about vaccinations. In addition, pharmacists in their small communities know a lot of people, which makes spreading the word about vaccinations easier.

“We’ve had a really good response to the reception of the vaccine,” Vaughn said.



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