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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

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.