Vaccinating Community Health Care Workers…..STARTS NOW

AMS received notice from the Arkansas Department of Health that vaccine distribution has reached a level where physicians can begin the process to get their clinic staff vaccinated. Please review the ADH letter below.
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ADH Letter to Health Care Workers
Update: December 30, 2020
Dear Health Care Worker,

You are receiving this letter because you are a health care worker in the medical or dental field. By that we mean that you work for a health care organization, such as a hospital, clinic, or pharmacy, that provides health care to residents in Arkansas—even though you may not be a health professional. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) wants you to know that we have now received initial shipments of both Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and Moderna vaccine in our state. The initial shipments will not be enough to vaccinate everyone. So, we have established three priority groups: Phase 1-A, 1-B, and 1-C. Health care workers are in 1-A, which is the highest priority group. This is because many health care workers are at high risk for exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 infection.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was the first one available in the U.S. It is given as a two-dose series at least 21 days apart in the deltoid muscle. At this time, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will only be given to people 16 years of age and older. A second vaccine made by Moderna is now authorized and initial shipments to Arkansas have been received. The Moderna vaccine will be given intramuscularly (IM) as a two-dose series at least 28 days apart. It is authorized for those 18 years of age and older. These vaccines are not interchangeable. The second dose must be the same vaccine as the first dose. For more information about these and other COVID-19 vaccines, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html . Please note that when vaccine doses are shipped to Arkansas for the first dose, an allocation for the second dose is reserved for us by our federal partners. Second-dose allocations will be shipped to Arkansas at the right interval to allow you to get your second dose on schedule.

The State of Arkansas does not require COVID-19 vaccination. If you choose to be vaccinated, it will be provided to you with no out-of-pocket cost. The U.S. government is providing the vaccine to all states at no cost, including Arkansas. So, the cost of the vaccine will not be billed. However, the vaccine provider will bill your insurance for the vaccine administration fee to cover their cost for giving the vaccine to you. If you have no health insurance, you will not be billed for the administration fee.

COVID-19 vaccinations will be provided to you in one of three ways:
Finally, let me take this opportunity to offer you my sincere thanks for your hard work and your dedication to the patients you have served—whether directly or indirectly—throughout the course of this pandemic. One day we will be on the other side of this pandemic, but we are not there yet. Rather, we still have a ways to go. It is my hope that safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination will help us get there much faster.
If you have questions or need further information please contact us through the ADH COVID-19 Call Center at 1-800- 803-7847 or email us at ADH.CoronaVirus@Arkansas.gov.
Sincerely,
Jennifer A. Dillaha, M.D.
State Epidemiologist
Medical Director, Immunizations and Outbreak Response
Arkansas Department of Health
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