Arkansas expands vaccine eligibility to another 1M people


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is making the coronavirus vaccine available to 1 million more people in the state.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced the state was opening up the vaccine to those in 1C of its vaccination plan. The category includes Arkansans aged 16 to 64 with health conditions that increase their risk for severe COVID-19, along with essential workers in:

Information technology and communications
Public health/human services
Public safety
Shelter and housing
Transportation and logistics
People residing in high-risk settings
Those who are incarcerated or detained; those living in group homes, congregate settings, or crowded housing; and student housing such as dorms and Greek housing

Hutchinson cited President Joe Biden’s goal to make all adults in the country eligible for the vaccine by May 1.

He also cited a slowdown in demand for the vaccine, particularly in Arkansas’ rural areas.

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