COVID-19 Vaccination Update For U of A Employees: January 16, 2021

Patience Requested as Phase 1-B Vaccination Process Will Take Time

It will likely take several weeks to vaccinate all those who are eligible and wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as a part of Phase 1-B of the state’s vaccination plan as there isn’t currently enough vaccine available for all who want to receive it. 

While eligible University of Arkansas employees can seek to be vaccinated at any participating pharmacy or provider starting Jan. 18, the university is working to help vaccinate as many eligible employees as quickly as possible by hosting the first of what will likely be several mass vaccination clinics on campus.

Following Arkansas Department of Health guidance to prioritize eligible employees who should receive the limited number of vaccines, the university is working to provide vaccination opportunities for older members of the campus community first. For the initial mass vaccination clinic on campus, the university will provide access to appointment scheduling information in a tiered manner, starting with those in the 70+ population. Because each clinic will have limited reservations, eligible employees who aren’t working on campus on a regular basis should be considerate of those who are required to do so, giving them ample opportunity to be vaccinated first.

“We ask that all eligible employees remain patient as it’s not possible to vaccinate everyone who is eligible at once with a limited supply of vaccines,” said Charles Robinson, provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. “But additional vaccines are being delivered to the state and distributed to providers on a regular basis. The supply will increase. We’re already planning additional vaccine clinics and we’ll announce those plans as soon as they are finalized.” 

INITIAL MASS VACCINATION CLINIC ON CAMPUS – JAN. 23

The U of A has made arrangements with a local pharmacy to conduct the initial mass vaccination clinic on campus with nursing students from the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing administering the vaccines.

Vaccines will only be administered to eligible employees with an appointment and the appropriate identification (listed below).

When: Saturday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Reynolds Razorback Stadium

  • Enter Gate 14, at the northeast corner of the stadium near the Wild Band of Razorbacks fountain, a few minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Appointment Required: Collier Drug Stores will be managing vaccine appointments for university employees through a special link. This link to schedule an appointment is currently being developed by Collier’s and will be provided to employees in a prioritized manner based on the individual’s age. At a later date, a link to make an appointment will be accessible to all eligible employees.

What to Bring: To receive the vaccine from eligible providers including mass vaccination clinics, you must bring the following: 

  • University photo identification
  • Insurance card
  • Driver’s license or other form of photo identification
  • The individualized letter from the university recently emailed to employees

Collier’s has requested that university employees NOT make appointments through the Collier Drug booking website accessible to the general public as a special link is being developed for U of A employees (as described above). Collier’s pharmacists say they are “encouraging in-store appointments for the 70+ population” at this time.

Information about additional mass vaccination opportunities on campus will be communicated as soon as those details become available. The vaccine portion of the Spring 2021 COVID-19 Response Guide will continue to be updated with the latest information throughout the semester.

As other opportunities for vaccination are made available to the university, those may be shared with our community from either Human Resources or U of A Emergency Management.

Pat Walker Health Center has applied for approval to be a COVID-19 vaccination provider. Until that approval has been received, eligible employees can check with area pharmacies to see if they are accepting vaccination reservations. 

The ADH provides a map and searchable list of pharmacies providing vaccinations across the state.

If you have questions or need further information regarding the vaccination process or anything pertaining to COVID response, please contact hrassist@uark.edu.

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February 8, 2021 Vaccination update: Second doses planned January 27, 2021 Recording of panel discussion available January 26, 2021 Appointments for new groups of employees January 22, 2021 Appointments required for vaccination January 22, 2021 Panel to discuss respons, vaccine rollout January 21, 2021 Eligibility letters sent to employees January 16, 2021 Patience requested, Phase 1-B will take time January 13, 2021 Most employees eligible for vaccination January 5, 2021 Drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic December 16, 2020 Spring COVID-19 Response Guide November 20, 2020 Get tested before the break October 8, 2020 Staying the course after Thanksgiving September 30, 2020 Drive-thru flu vaccines September 22, 2020 Cases decline September 16, 2020 On-campus events resume September 9, 2020 Contact tracing, self-reporting September 4, 2020 On-campus events suspended September 2, 2020 Self-reporting, reporting violations, dashboard August 31,2020 COVID-19 testing, drive-thru clinic August 20, 2020 Health kits distibution August 14, 2020 Keep Teaching resource launches July 17, 2020 Masks required June 1, 2020 Return to Campus Guide May 22, 2020 Fall plans being finalized May 12, 2020 Essential research allowed May 4, 2020 CARES Act funding distribution plans April 30, 2020 Looking ahead to the fall April 20, 2020 CARES Act April 8, 2020 Credits, tuition, commencement April 2, 2020 Determined to help March 25, 2020 Adjusting to a new normal (video) March 23, 2020 First COVID-19 case involving U of A community March 18, 2020 First COVID-19 case reported in NWA March 12, 2020 In-person classes suspended March 11, 2020 University travel suspended March 11, 2020 First COVID-19 case reported in Arkansas