ADH gives new guidelines on booster shots in Arkansas

Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 10:38 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2021 at 2:37 PM CST
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced new guidelines for Arkansans regarding COVID booster shots in the weekly COVID briefing.

Gov. Hutchinson said the CDC recommendations right now are confusing and limiting to those who can get the shot.

The Arkansas Department of Health has given new recommendations for the state, recommending anyone 18 and older to get a booster shot.

“We want you to get the booster. Because as the data indicates, the effectiveness of the vaccine deteriorates over time, so that’s the reason for the booster. And we want to make sure everybody that’s over 18 and older is eligible and is encouraged to get the booster,” said Hutchinson.

Several other states have made changes to allow more people to get booster shots as well.

Right now in the state, just over 230,000 people have received their booster shots.

Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero raised concerns about the growing amount of COVID cases in children during the briefing.

“This is not a benign disease. This is not as mild as the flu, as people are giving the misinformation to say,” said Romero. “

This can have very significant consequences, hospitalizations, and deaths. Including longer-term complications.”

Only 4.2% of the state’s children ages 5 to 11 are vaccinated, and 51.2% of kids 12 to 18 are fully vaccinated.

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