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Starting Monday, Arkansans aged 18 and older are eligible to get the Covid-19 booster shot



Arkansas – Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Monday announced that everyone aged 18 or more is not eligible to get the Covid-19 booster shot.

As of now, several other states expanded the eligibility for the Covid-19 booster shot including California, Colorado, and New Mexico. From yesterday, Arkansas is in that group too.

When announced the latest booster dose news, Hutchinson said that the previous limitations for people aged 65 or older and people who has underlying health conditions were confusing.

“We want to make sure everyone 18 and over is eligible and is encouraged to get the booster,” Hutchinson said at his weekly news conference.

With the new guidelines in place, everyone aged 18 or more is now eligible to get the booster shot six months after their second Pfizer or Moderna dose, and two months after the Johnson & Johnson single dose shot.

“The effectiveness of the vaccine deteriorates over time, and so that’s the reason for the booster,” Hutchinson said.

So far, Arkansas has received 4,297,860 vaccine doses, according to the department of health, and administered 3,281,407 doses, or 76%. 1,421,492 Arkansans or 50% of the 12 and older population is fully immunized, and 230,018 have received their booster shots.

Gov. Hutchinson added that there are plenty of available doses in the state and he was happy to see an increase in the vaccination rate in the last couple of weeks, despite the fact that the Covid-19 cases are going down in the situation seems to be stable.

For more information about vaccination sites please visit the Arkansas Department of Health website.