LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Jose R. Romero update the public on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.
Governor Hutchinson announced Arkansas is still in Phase 1A in the vaccination process, and that the state would move some from 1B up to get vaccinated as soon as Monday, Jan. 18.
A New York Times report that claimed Arkansas’ vaccination rate was the 7th worst in the country was based on inaccurate numbers, according to Dr. Jose Romero. Romero says Arkansas is actually 14th from the top.
The reasoning for moving up some candidates for vaccination is some hospital workers chose not to get vaccinated, so the shots will be made available to those who do want them.
Hutchinson said hospitals, including St. Bernards, have doses and are “ready to move on” to vaccinating others. Dr. Romero believes there will be increased supply in the coming weeks.
Regarding armed protest threats at the state Capitol Hutchinson said, “We take every piece of intelligence seriously, and will have a plan for future incidents or threats we might see. We will continue to evaluate as the inauguration draws near.”
Hutchinson said at this time he has not seen anything that suggests civilian law enforcement cannot handle any possible threats at this time.