LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is expanding eligibility for coronavirus vaccines to another 180,000 people.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday said the state would fully open up the shots to the remainder of the 1B category under its vaccination plan.
The vaccine will now be available to a wide group that includes manufacturing workers and essential government employees. (See below.)
Hutchinson said the decision was made after demand was less than anticipated at vaccine clinics the state held over the weekend.
He said the state needs to keep up the demand for the shots.
The 1B category guidelines include:
Those 65 years and older
Police, fire, other first responders
Food and Agriculture
People with intellectual or developmental disabilities
Grocery Store/Meal Delivery
Postal/Package Delivery Service
Houses of Worship
For more information from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), click here.
For a list of vaccination locations from the ADH, click here.
For more information, call 1-800-985-6030.
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