Arkansas is lowering the age eligibility for covid-19 vaccination from 70 to 65, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday.
An additional 115,000 Arkansans are now eligible to receive the vaccine, according to a slide presented by the governor during his weekly covid-19 briefing.
The expansion of the Phase 1-B vaccination group is effective Feb. 23, the slide states.
Lowering the age eligibility will keep demand active as the state makes progress in vaccinating the 70-plus age group, the governor said.
Visit arkansasonline.com/vaccineinfo for more information about vaccination locations and the number of vaccines distributed in the state.
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state health officials will provide an update on Arkansas' covid-19 response at 1:30 p.m.
The total number of coronavirus cases reported in Arkansas remained at 315,759 Tuesday morning, according to a state website. The death toll remained at 5,363.
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