By Caroline Sellers
Arkansas County will hold a drive-thru mass vaccination clinic on Thursday, April 8 at the Phillips Community College campus in Helena-West Helena.
The clinic will have 200 Johnson & Johnson vaccines available, according to Lisa Roberson, the administrator at the Arkansas County Health Unit- Stuttgart.
“We will start at 9 a.m. that morning and give them until they are gone. It is first come, first serve. We are not doing appointments for the drive-thru,” Roberson said.
Arkansas County, a part of the Southeast region of the state, has fully vaccinated 3,210 people, according to the latest data from the Arkansas Department of Health that was reported on April 5.
“From what I have seen, people are still being really compliant,” Roberson said when asked about if residents in Arkansas County are still wearing masks.
Arkansas County has had 36 deaths, 2,081 total positive cases and currently has 9 active cases according to April 6 data from the ADH. The county currently has an estimated population of 18,124 according to the ADH.
Zack Smith, a pharmacist at Professional Pharmacy in Stuttgart, says that his pharmacy has vaccinated between 500 to 1,000 people as of last week.
“We are a smaller pharmacy so I think we have been in pretty good shape,” Smith said when asked if he thinks his pharmacy has received a good amount of the vaccine.
“Probably the majority of the people that want it in this area have probably gotten it or are scheduled to get it,” Smith said.