Those in Garland County who have registered to be on a COVID-19 vaccine waiting list are encouraged to answer their phone as vaccination clinics continue to be scheduled.
Those involved in vaccine distribution are using the waiting lists to contact prospective recipients to organize and schedule clinics. Anyone who does not answer when called for scheduling may miss an opportunity to be vaccinated.
“I would like for our community to know it is important to answer a call during this time of vaccination clinics,” said Kathy Packard, executive director of the Oaklawn Center on Aging, Inc. “The Senior Medicare Patrol program has educated older adults on scams and encourages them to let unknown numbers go to voicemail. This is one time we need an exception to that education. Volunteer calls for vaccine clinic appointments may not leave a message. They will move on to the next person on the list.”
Due to the sensitive nature of the vaccine doses, with the temperature storage requirements in particular, it is important for clinic organizers to have an exact count and schedule of recipients to ensure that no doses are spoiled or wasted.
The Arkansas Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Plan is currently on phases 1-A – healthcare workers, long-term care facilities and first responders – and the beginning of 1-B – those 70 and older and education workers. To find out more about the vaccination rollout in Garland County, including links to register on area waiting lists, visit www.cityhs.net/vaccine.