UAMS and Northwest Arkansas Council to Bring COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to Berryville Health and Safety Fair

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Northwestern Arkansas Council will offer free COVID-19 vaccines to the public at the health and safety fair of Berryville on Saturday, May 21. as part of a statewide initiative to increase immunization rates in rural Arkansas communities.

Approximately 50% of Carroll County’s population is fully immune to COVID-19, according to the Arkansas Department of Health, and 103 people have died of COVID-19 in Carroll County since the pandemic began. .

“We are hopeful that we are nearing the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we know that much more needs to be done to prevent all Arkansans from becoming seriously ill with the coronavirus,” said Stephanie Kruger, Associate Director of UAMS community programs. Office of Community Health and Research. “If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, need a booster or just have questions about the vaccine, we encourage you to come see us at the Berryville Health and Safety Show. We’re not just here to provide vaccines – we want to reach out to the Carroll County community and answer questions so you can make an informed decision about your health care.

COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to significantly lessen symptoms of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 11,000 people in Arkansas since 2020. As Arkansas’ case count continues to decline, protection against the virus is encouraged by medical authorities to prevent serious illness or death.

COVID-19 vaccines are available for anyone aged five and over. Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots are available for anyone 12 and older, and Moderna shots are available for anyone 18 and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends booster shots for people five months after their first round of vaccines.

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