A COVID-19 vaccination clinic slated for Saturday by the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro is open to all residents of Northeast Arkansas, including Baxter County.From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First National Bank Area (formerly known as the convocation center), anyone who falls into the current qualifying categories is eligible to receive a vaccine, according to Casey Pearce, associate director of external relations & marketing for NYITCOM.
The current open categories for vaccination in Arkansas are:
– those who are age 65 and older,
– health care workers,
– first responders (police, firefighters, EMS),
– education and child care workers, including K-12 and higher education and
– food manufacturing workers
Pearce says plenty of vaccine and appointments remain available. Interested participants may register by clicking here or by calling 870-680-8880 to schedule an appointment. Those who receive a vaccine on March 6 will be required to return to First National Bank Arena on April 3 to receive their second dose.
The event is free to the public, and no insurance information is required, Pearce says.
The vaccines will be administered by staff members from NEA Baptist, St. Bernards and UAMS, as well as NYITCOM medical students and A-State nursing and health professions students. The event will be staffed by numerous community volunteers.
The City of Jonesboro, the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas State University, NEA Baptist Health System, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-State, St. Bernards Healthcare and UAMS are collaborating to host and staff Saturday’s event.
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