Letter from the Chancellor: January 21, 2021

Dear U of A Employees:

By now, all employees should have received a letter confirming eligibility to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as an employee of the U of A under Phase 1-B guidelines. This letter details what steps you can take to schedule a vaccination appointment with participating pharmacies and providers.

In addition, we’re working to provide mass vaccination clinics on campus by appointment. U of A Emergency Management is currently reaching out directly to eligible employees, in a prioritized manner based on the individual’s age, regarding appointments and next steps. You can find an overview of this process online. 

Last week, we mentioned that we would provide a link to Collier Drug Stores to make appointments. But that plan has been revised. We are now reaching out to employees individually and relaying that information to Collier’s to schedule appointments.

Please remain patient as it will take several weeks to get everyone vaccinated. But rest assured, vaccine appointments will be available for all eligible employees who want one. If you do not immediately hear from us, please don’t panic. We’ll get to you! 

For the latest news and updates on vaccinations, please continue to visit the vaccine portion of the campus spring guide. As with everything COVID-related, the situation can change quickly.

Upcoming Panel Discussion – Jan. 26

I’d also like to encourage the entire campus community to register for a virtual panel discussion from 2–3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. The discussion will address our spring response to COVID-19, provide an overview of the vaccine rollout, and examine how the pandemic may impact summer and fall planning, among other topics. Provost Charles Robinson will facilitate a conversation among panelists who include:

  • Terry Martin, senior vice provost for academic affairs
  • Huda Sharaf, medical director of the Pat Walker Health Center
  • Flo Johnson, assistant vice chancellor for university housing
  • Steve Krogull, associate vice chancellor for university information technology
  • Matt Mills, director of U of A emergency management
  • Melissa Harwood-Rom, dean of students

We know there are lots of questions and concerns out there, and this is a good opportunity to ask them. We will continue to keep you informed of the latest developments. If you have questions or need further information regarding the vaccination process or anything pertaining to COVID response that has not been answered by the above links, please contact hrassist@uark.edu.


Joe Steinmetz, Ph.D.


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