Dear Red Wolves:
Governor Asa Hutchinson announced yesterday afternoon changes to the Arkansas vaccine distribution plan. The change now allows higher education employees, who were originally in Phase 1-B, to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines as early as Monday, January 18, 2021.
We originally anticipated a February start for our vaccination plan, but we spent the past 18 hours advancing our A-State vaccination protocol to begin next week. Our A-State EOC team has worked with our local pharmacy partners to plan our first mass vaccination clinic on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at First National Bank Arena. Employees who have indicated an interest to receive the vaccine through our program will be contacted later via email to confirm their intention, and to schedule an appointment time.
When scheduling your vaccination, you will be asked to provide contact information to receive confirmation from our partner local pharmacy. Please make sure to use your mobile phone because you will receive a text message to confirm. With this clinic set during the work day next Tuesday, I ask that supervisors be flexible in allowing employees to participate.
Employees will need to bring their A-State ID card and their insurance card with them to FNB Arena next Tuesday. If you have insurance, your card information will be taken by our providers. If you do not have insurance, this will not be an impediment to receiving a vaccine.
If you wish to participate in A-State’s vaccination program but have not already submitted our vaccination interest form, please do so now because we anticipate setting up more clinics to accommodate all of our employees.