Governor Hutchinson opens Covid-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older in Arkansas
CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, Ark- Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson just recently announced anyone 16 and up in the state can now qualify to receive their Coronavirus vaccine.
This new change is a long time coming, as previously only those in special categories were eligible.
“Arkansans, age 16 and above are now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine…” “…This will obviously increase the demand for the vaccine...” says the governor. “So, we’re opening it up because we want to make sure we maximize every opportunity to get this life-saving vaccine into the arms of Arkansans.”
All 50 states have now opened or have announced a date for when everyone 16 and older can receive the vaccine.
The governor spoke with the White House Coronavirus Task Force before the announcement.
Saying Arkansas and other states are expecting additional vaccine doses- allowing for the opening for everyone in the state ages 16 and up to get inoculated.
Drastically, increasing the population of those who qualify.
St. Bernards media relations manager Mitchell Nail says they saw interest from people immediately.
As soon as Governor Hutchinson made the announcement, we started getting phone calls about that. Which that is great,” says Nail.
All approved Coronavirus vaccines in the United States are only authorized to be given to those at least 16 years old.
Nail says if you’re interested in getting the vaccine, now is your chance.
“Don’t feel like you’re jumping ahead of somebody. Go ahead and come in. We’d love to help you. This is the quickest way we’re going to be able to end the pandemic. [We’ve given] 23, 24,000 plus doses and, we have not had a single hospitalization as a result of that. So, it’s a proven, effective, and safe vaccine and, we encourage you to get it,” says Nail.
The change went into effect immediately.
Everyone under the age of 18 will need a parent’s consent to receive the vaccine.