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These are featured stories of how the Upper Delta and Mid-South is combating the Coronavirus as well as resources to help those impacted by the pandemic.

Vaccination clinics pop up in Mississippi, Crittenden Counties

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NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University
Kenera Colley, a third-year medical student at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Custodio Tapia at a free vaccine clinic NYITCOM at A-State helped lead on March 6 at First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro.

There are several opportunities across Northeast Arkansas for eligible people to get their COVID-19 shot on Wednesday, March 24.

Arkansas Department of Health's Crittenden County Local Health Unit in West Memphis will have a clinic from 8 A.M. until 4 P.M. Appointments can be made by calling the ADH vaccine clinic call-center at 1-800-985-6030.

ADH has a full list of vaccination clinics happening across the state on their website.

The NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine's Delta Care-A-Van will also make two stops on Wednesday. The college, which is a KASU Financial Supporter, said the van will be at the Osceola City Hall from 9 A.M. until noon. Then, they will be at the New St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Blytheville from 1 P.M. until 5 P.M.

Both events require registration by calling 870-680-8880. Online registration for the event at the Osceola City Hall can be made at bit.ly/osccovid. Online registration for the event at New St. Paul in Blytheville can be made at bit.ly/blythcovid.

The following groups are eligible to be vaccinated in the state according to the ADH website:

  • Arkansans aged 16 to 64 with health conditions that increase their risk for severe COVID-19.
  • Essential workers in:
    • Energy
    • Finance
    • Foodservice
    • Information technology and communications
    • Legal
    • Media
    • Public health/human services
    • Public safety
    • Shelter and housing
    • Transportation and logistics
  • People residing in high-risk settings
    • Includes those who are incarcerated or detained; those living in group homes, congregate settings, or crowded housing; and student housing such as dorms and Greek housing.
  • 65 years and older
  • Education
  • Police, fire, other first responders
  • Corrections
  • Food and Agriculture
  • People with intellectual or developmental disabilities
  • Essential Government
  • Grocery Store/Meal Delivery
  • Postal/Package Delivery Service
  • Public Transit
  • Houses of Worship Clergy/Faith Leaders
  • Manufacturing
A Northeast Arkansas native from Wynne, I’ve been involved with radio for about 15 years. I got my Bachelor of Arts degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, where I also served as an award-winning News Director for 2 years at KSWH-LP.