First doses of coronavirus vaccine administered in Arkansas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has begun administering its first doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

Five health care workers, including the state’s surgeon general, were the first to be vaccinated at a news conference at the Arkansas Health Department on Monday.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson that morning said the state had received its first shipment of the frozen vials made by Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech.

Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero said the department, two hospitals, and a pharmacy each received doses of the vaccine and more were coming.

The vaccine arrived as the virus continues surging in the state and nationwide.

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