The University of Arkansas will host the first of several mass on-campus vaccination clinics for university employees this week.
The event is set for Saturday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
This first clinic will require appointments for attendees, and the UA will be reaching out directly to eligible employees “in a prioritized manner based on the individual’s age,” with older faculty and staff receiving first priority.
From the UA:
Following Arkansas Department of Health guidance to prioritize eligible employees who should receive the limited number of vaccines, the university is working to provide vaccination opportunities for older members of the campus community first. For the initial mass vaccination clinic on campus, the university will provide access to appointment scheduling information in a tiered manner, starting with those more than 70 years of age. Because each clinic will have limited reservations, eligible employees who aren’t working on campus on a regular basis should be considerate of those who are required to do so, giving them ample opportunity to be vaccinated first.
Nursing students from the college will be administering the vaccines.
Those who sign up to receive the vaccine should bring a UA photo ID, insurance card, drivers license or other form of photo ID, and an “individualized letter from the UA recently emailed to employees.”
More mass vaccination events for UA faculty and staff are in the works, and will be announced at a later date. Information will also be available at the Spring 2021 COVID-19 Response Guide website.
In addition, the Pat Walker Health Center has applied for approval to be a COVID-19 vaccination provider, and is hoping to begin receiving vaccine soon.
Employees eligible to be vaccinated may also reach out to local pharmacies distributing vaccinations to the 1-B priority group. Collier Drug, according to the UA, has requested that UA employees not reach out at this time, as the pharmacy is encouraging in-store appointments for the 70-plus population at this time.
UA officials are requesting patience from employees eager to be vaccinated.
“We ask that all eligible employees remain patient as it’s not possible to vaccinate everyone who is eligible at once with a limited supply of vaccines,” said Charles Robinson, provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. “But additional vaccines are being delivered to the state and distributed to providers on a regular basis. The supply will increase. We’re already planning additional vaccine clinics and we’ll announce those plans as soon as they are finalized.”
For more information regarding the vaccination process or anything pertaining to COVID response, please contact [email protected].