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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

County-wide vaccine clinic schedule for this weekend

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, Ark- Multiple groups are coming together this week to make sure people who want the Coronavirus vaccine that; are eligible can receive one.

They are doing so by hosting the first large-scale Covid vaccination clinic in the area here, at First National Bank Arena.

“The Covid-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic. We’re trying to head to herd immunity. And that’s going to take a big percentage of the population to get vaccinated,” says Tiffny Calloway, Delta Population Health institute director of operations.

DPHI serves as the community engagement branch of NYIT.

The clinic is made possible by partnerships with NYIT, Arkansas State University, the city of Jonesboro, UAMS, Craighead County, the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas Department of Health, NEA Baptist Hospital, and St. Bernards Medical Center.

It will take place this Saturday, March 6th from, 8 am to 5 pm at FNB.

Calloway says the vaccine is free, and they have a goal of how many people they hope to vaccinate.

“Well, we’re hoping to vaccinate approximately 3,000 northeast Arkansas residents this Saturday,” she says.

To receive the vaccine, one must qualify by either being in the 1A or B vaccination groups, in addition to food manufacturing workers.

You also must live in Craighead County and book an appointment online.

Prior registration is required.

Calloway explains what one can expect from the clinic.

“So, they will be greeted by someone in the registration station and take a few minutes to make sure they are indeed eligible to receive the vaccine. Afterward, they will be greeted by clinical staff. Afterward, they will receive the vaccine and, they’ll be monitored a few minutes there-after. So, thirty minutes in all for an appointment,” says Calloway.

Participants will be required to come back on April 3rd to receive their second dose of the vaccine.


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