Vaccinating Arkansans Against COVID-19
The end of the pandemic is in sight
Our world has been completely upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. From going to school to celebrating birthdays to dining out, nothing looks the same as it did before the first positive case was discovered in Arkansas. For months, it seemed as if our old way life would never return.
But now, there’s hope.
Vaccines have begun to roll out throughout the state, and with them, an end to the pandemic is in sight.
Arm in arm for Arkansas
The health of our community relies on Arkansans getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Unfortunately, unanswered questions and misinformation have left many hesitant, or unsure how or when they can be vaccinated.
To address these concerns, we’ve created Vaccinate the Natural State – an initiative that will assure all Arkansans that the vaccine is a powerful, effective and healthy way to protect themselves and their communities.
Partners in protection
Led by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC), Arkansas Minority Health Commission, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Council, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Walmart, Vaccinate the Natural State is a combined effort from a diverse set of organizations across every corner of the state – all working to encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and end the pandemic.
Two primary focuses
There will be two primary focuses for the Vaccinate the Natural State initiative:
We know how important it is for Arkansans to get back to work safely. Arkansas Blue Cross is partnering with the Arkansas State Chamber/Associated Industries and AFMC, the Northwest Arkansas Council and Walmart to rally Arkansas’ business community by providing educational resources, video modules, communication toolkits, and outreach support to help guide businesses across the state through the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine. Through this effort, business owners and leaders will be equipped to confidently prepare their organizations as more COVID-19 vaccines are made available, and to educate and encourage their employees to receive it.
All communities in our state are important, and each has specific concerns and needs regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Through Arkansas Blue Cross’ work with the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, the NWA Council, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Walmart and other community partners, we aim to reach them all.
Within this effort, a special focus will be given to rural and underserved communities with health disparity.
The Arkansas COVID-19 Vaccine Phases
The COVID-19 vaccine will be made available to the public in phases, with different groups of people. Currently, Phase 1 has been planned out and divided in three stages: Phase 1-A, Phase 1-B and Phase 1-C. Subsequent phases are currently being planned.
Arkansas is in Phase 1-B
If you meet the criteria for Phase 1-B, you are eligible to receive the vaccine. Phase 1-B includes Arkansans who are age 65 or older, as well as those who work in education.
Vaccinate the Natural State brought to you by
In partnership with
Arkansas Colleges of Health Education
Arkansas Faith Network
Arkansas Hospital Association
Arkansas Immunization Action Coalition (Immunize Arkansas)
Arkansas Medical Dental Pharmacy Association
Arkansas Pharmacists Association
Association of Federally Qualified Health Centers
Community Health Centers of Arkansas
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine/Jonesboro