Bill to streamline COVID-19 vaccine sign-ups filed in Legislature

Bill to streamline COVID-19 vaccine sign-ups filed in Legislature
A one-stop, centralized location for people to find out when they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is the focus of a bill filed this week by a Central Arkansas lawmaker. (Source: KAIT-TV)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - A one-stop, centralized location for people to find out when they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is the focus of a bill filed this week by a Central Arkansas lawmaker.

SB477, sponsored by Sen. Clarke Tucker (D-Little Rock), was filed Thursday in Little Rock.

The bill would create a process for people to get information, either online or by telephone. In addition to learning about eligibility, people will be able to sign-up for the vaccine, plus ask questions about the process.

“Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the Department of Health shall immediately establish a centralized, one-stop portal on its website to be used to determine eligibility and allow one-stop online sign-up for coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) vaccinations,” the bill noted.

According to the bill, the telephone number would be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with enough staff to handle phone calls.

The bill was referred to the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee.

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