Nov 16, 2021 - News
Arkansas allows boosters for all adults
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Anyone 18 and older can get booster shots in Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced yesterday during his news conference.

What it means: If it's been at least six months since your second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months since your first Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you can get another dose.

Background: Booster doses were previously limited to people 65 or older and to people 18 to 64 who worked in high-risk environments, had underlying health conditions or lived in long-term care facilities.

What they're saying: "We want more people to get their booster shot and this is somewhat confusing and limiting as to eligibility goes," Hutchinson said, referencing the old regulations.

1 more thing: State health secretary Jose Romero stressed that parents need to get their children vaccinated. About 4% of kids in Arkansas ages 5 to 11 have received one dose since becoming eligible earlier this month.

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