Sebastian County Judge Issues Joint Press Release on COVID-19 Vaccination Plan


Governor Asa Hutchinson announced on Tuesday that the State of Arkansas will move into the COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Phase 1B on Monday, January 18th, 2021. The local health department, health systems and community pharmacies that are registered to participate in Phase 1B vaccine distribution came together with the City of Fort Smith and Sebastian County officials to collaborate as a united medical community in the River Valley.

This group has been meeting since the announcement to determine the best approach for vaccine distribution. Although the State of Arkansas will be moving into Phase 1B on Monday, many of the River Valley COVID-19 vaccine administration sites will not have the ability to begin vaccinating eligible individuals until later in the week. More information will be forthcoming regarding the details around how eligible individuals can request and receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccination Plan
Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) prioritized individuals for vaccine distribution. Phase 1A is currently underway. Two defined groups within Phase 1B will be eligible to start receiving limited vaccine across the state as early as Monday January 18, 2021.
Phase 1A, Ongoing
Who: Health care workers; long-term care residents and staff; first responders. A full list of the categories of people in this phase is available in the COVID-19 section of the Department of Health’s website,
Phase 1B, First Two Groups Begin as Early as January 18, 2021
Who: Residents 70 and older; education workers, including K-12, higher education and child care.
Where: Community pharmacies and healthcare systems that have registered to participate in Phase 1B vaccine administration. More information to come regarding the specifics on when and where these sites will be offering vaccine appointments.
Phase 1B Registered Participants Listed below are all the participating sites that will be receiving vaccine for Phase 1B administration. Participants are preparing to receive the vaccine and coordinating efforts to administer available vaccinations to eligible individuals. As noted, these organizations are working along side local governmental officials on the best approach for distribution in the River Valley.
Mercy Health Fort Smith Baptist Health Fort Smith
Health Depot #2 MediSav Pharmacies
Anderson’s Discount Pharmacy Coleman Pharmacy
Laws Drug Store National Family Pharmacy
Prince Drug Store, Inc. Health Depot #3

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; Editor - Resident Press. 20+ years experience in the news.

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