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Hutchinson urges COVID vaccines during stop in Blytheville

Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 1:35 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2021 at 10:02 PM CDT
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BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - The delta variant and vaccines were the top discussion topics when Gov. Asa Hutchinson brought his COVID Community Conversations to Mississippi County.

During a stop Tuesday at Blytheville High School’s Chickasaw Arena, the governor warned attendees that the delta variant was “highly transmissible,” and that improving vaccination rates were key to a “productive school year.”

Currently, 47.6 percent of Blytheville’s population is fully vaccinated. Only 28.4 percent of those living in Mississippi County are fully vaccinated.

After listening to the conversation, Blytheville Mayor James Sanders says he wants to bring community leaders together to find different ways to overcome vaccine hesitancy.

“We sit down, and we digest it to see what other areas that we need to be working on even that includes our chamber of commerce, our pharmacists, and just all of the medical community coming together and collaboratively working together to work on getting rid of COVID-19,” Mayor Sanders said.

The mayor mentioned he would want to reach out to mostly vaccine-hesitant communities, like the Christian community, to get the churches more involved in the fight against COVID-19.

Both Hutchinson and Arkansas Secretary of Health, Dr. Jose R. Romero, encouraged parents to vaccinate their children before the new school year begins.

The governor even suggested superintendents host vaccine clinics at their schools to ensure all students, 12 and up, get vaccinated.

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