A community COVID- 19 vaccination clinic will be held Friday at the Lawrence County Health Unit, located at 1050 West Free Street in Walnut Ridge.
The clinic begins at 9 a.m. and will continue while supplies last. Vaccinations will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
Additional ADH clinics will be held weekly in four select local health units. Information on additional clinics is posted on the ADH COVID-19 vaccine clinics webpage.
These clinics will administer only the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, so they will only be able to provide vaccinations to those 18 years and older. Those under 18 years old are advised to only receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time.
To find out more information about vaccine availability, visit the ADH website or call 1-800-985-6030.
There is no out-of-pocket expense for the vaccine. People should bring their insurance cards if they have one. If they do not have insurance, the vaccine will still be available at no charge.
The ADH noted that three authorized COVID-19 vaccines have each undergone rigorous reviews that have proven them to be both safe and effective. Individuals can learn more about the vaccines and ADH vaccination plan at healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/covid-19-vaccination-plan.
numbers remain low
There are new Covid cases weekly among Lawrence County residents, but the number of cases is remaining low, according to data released by the ADH.
Currently, Lawrence County is reporting a cumulative total of 2,123 cases, up four from last week’s total of 2,119.
The active case count declined this week, with the ADH reporting nine active cases as of Monday, down from 17 active cases the previous week.
Lawrence County had 12 added to the recovered list this week, bringing that number to 2,071, up from 2,059 a week ago.
The number of COVID-related deaths among Lawrence County residents remains unchanged at 43.
CDC changes guidelines on masks
The CDC has issued new guidelines related to vaccinations and the wearing of masks.
“Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance,” the CDC website states.
According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
“If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are not fully vaccinated,” the CDC website states. “Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.”