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Arkansas State University to open Covid-19 vaccination site for faculty, staff

JONESBORO, Ark- Once Gov. Hutchinson moved the 1-B vaccination group up, Arkansas State University went to work planning.

The university is turning it's First National Bank Arena into a Covid-19 vaccination site starting tomorrow.

"With the change in the state's vaccination plan and availability of vaccine from some local partners, we've been able to set up a large-scale clinic to move many of our faculty and staff through for their vaccinations on Tuesday," says Arkansas State University's Chief Communications Officer Bill Smith

Higher education employees now qualify to receive the vaccine.

Arkansas State sent out a survey to employees last week asking them their level of interest in receiving the vaccine.

Once they secured doses, they sent out emails to everyone on the interest list to make appointments as it is appointment only.

The clinic will run all day tomorrow at FNB Arena and will continue pending vaccine availability.

Arkansas State is ready to vaccinate as many employees as they have doses.

"As you've seen nationally, vaccine supply has become a bit of a challenge, so right now, we are planning on several hundred. But we don't want to commit to an exact number yet because we don't want to have anybody disappointed if something were to happen," he says.

All employees who have a secured appointments must have received a confirmation email.

The university also has a waitlist for employees who did not receive an appointment.

Due to the arena's size, they can give 40 vaccines at a time.

Smith says they are using this as a trial run for the future.

"But it also gives us the opportunity to at any point in the future we were asked by the county or any other organization to assist with a large-scale vaccination event," says Smith.

Arkansas State employees who are on the Coronavirus vaccine are encouraged to wait by their phone.

If someone cancels or does not show up to their scheduled appointment time.

The university will start calling employees on the waitlist to get the vaccine in the order they received their survey email response.


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