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Arkansas receives first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine – 4029tv

Arkansas received its first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at 8:10 a.m. Monday, the governor’s office confirmed to 40/29 News.Hospitals in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley are set to receive vaccines in some of the first shipments.Mercy Rogers received nearly 1,000 of the vaccines Monday.Mercy Fort Smith, Baptist Health Fort Smith, Washington Regional Medical Center and Northwest Health in Springdale are also on the list to receive vaccines.”The first batch of the vaccine, which hopefully will be approved this week, will go to our health care workers,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said last week. “And then as the Moderna batch is approved by the FDA, that will move into our long term care facilities for the residents of our nursing homes and their staff.”On Tuesday, Secretary of Health, Dr. Jose Romero, said the anticipated 25,000 initial doses of the vaccine the state is expecting to receive will not be enough to cover all health care workers. Hospitals will prioritize which staff members get vaccinated first.”A person who receives Pfizer (vaccine) must complete his vaccine with Pfizer,” Dr. Romero said. “We have been told by the federal government that we will be receiving weekly allotments of vaccine, which we will be using to immunize new individuals and eventually, in three or four weeks, we’ll receive another allotment to go back to the first group and immunize them. It’s sequential and planned and we will also receive the same with Moderna.”Hospital representatives in Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith told 40/29 News they are not mandating staff members get vaccinated, but it is highly encouraged.

Arkansas received its first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at 8:10 a.m. Monday, the governor’s office confirmed to 40/29 News.

Hospitals in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley are set to receive vaccines in some of the first shipments.

Mercy Rogers received nearly 1,000 of the vaccines Monday.

Mercy Fort Smith, Baptist Health Fort Smith, Washington Regional Medical Center and Northwest Health in Springdale are also on the list to receive vaccines.

“The first batch of the vaccine, which hopefully will be approved this week, will go to our health care workers,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said last week. “And then as the Moderna batch is approved by the FDA, that will move into our long term care facilities for the residents of our nursing homes and their staff.”

On Tuesday, Secretary of Health, Dr. Jose Romero, said the anticipated 25,000 initial doses of the vaccine the state is expecting to receive will not be enough to cover all health care workers. Hospitals will prioritize which staff members get vaccinated first.

“A person who receives Pfizer (vaccine) must complete his vaccine with Pfizer,” Dr. Romero said. “We have been told by the federal government that we will be receiving weekly allotments of vaccine, which we will be using to immunize new individuals and eventually, in three or four weeks, we’ll receive another allotment to go back to the first group and immunize them. It’s sequential and planned and we will also receive the same with Moderna.”

Hospital representatives in Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith told 40/29 News they are not mandating staff members get vaccinated, but it is highly encouraged.

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