ARK EXPANDS COVID-19 VACCINE PROGRAM - Arkansas has expanded its distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to teachers and people aged 70 or older. Governor Asa Hutchinson, who is 70, got his first dose of the vaccine Monday afternoon. It has been reported that Arkansas has delivered almost half of it’s allocation of Covid-19 vaccines. On Sunday, the Republican Governor Arkansas told Fox News Chris Wallace that more needs to be done to reach incoming President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to vaccinate more people in the next 100 days.
"We're doing everything we can to accelerate the delivery of the vaccines to
our population, so I expect our current percent, about 40 percent, will go
up," Hutchinson explained. "We're getting our systems in better place, there's a greater acceptance of that, and it's going well. We just need more supply to get it into the arms quicker."
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University report that over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases in Arkansas has increased by 137, an increase of 5.5%. Arkansas health officials say the state's death toll from COVID-19 is at 4,311.