COVID 19 INFORMATION

FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES

To schedule an appointment to get your COVID-19 Vaccine Call the 

Vaccine Call Line - 1-800-985-6030

What is COVID-19? 

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. People with COVID-19 report a variety of symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Symptoms

Anyone can get COVID-19. However, people 60 years and older and people with medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk of getting seriously sick with COVID-19.

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A person with COVID-19 is contagious and can start spreading it to others starting 48 hours (2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive. 

Slow the Spread of COVID-19

While we are waiting for COVID-19 vaccine to be available for everyone in the U.S., CDC recommends that everyone take these actions to help slow the COVID-19.

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you, particularly in crowded areas. Avoid indoor spaces as much as possible, particularly ones that aren’t well ventilated.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Vaccine

Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination

Now that there are authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, accurate vaccine information is critical.

Below are links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines page for the most up-to-date information about the COVID-19 vaccines.

CDC FAQ Website

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has many questions and answers about COVID-19 Vaccines. Click here to go to the CHOP COVID-19 Vaccine Education Center

Where and When can I get Vaccinated? 

Who’s getting the vaccine now?

Phase 1-C has started, which means vaccinations are happening now for:

  • Arkansans aged 16 to 64 with health conditions that increase their risk for severe COVID-19.

  • Essential workers in:

    • Energy

    • Finance

    • Foodservice

    • Information technology and communications

    • Legal

    • Media

    • Public health/human services

    • Public safety

    • Shelter and housing

    • Transportation and logistics

  • People residing in high-risk settings

    • Includes those who are incarcerated or detained; those living in group homes, congregate settings, or crowded housing; and student housing such as dorms and Greek housing.

Click here for more information about these groups in Phase 1-C (en Espanol).

Arkansans in Phase 1-B also remain eligible, which means vaccinations can happen now for:

  • 65 years and older

  • Education

  • Police, fire, other first responders

  • Corrections

  • Food and Agriculture

  • People with intellectual or developmental disabilities

  • Essential Government

  • Grocery Store/Meal Delivery

  • Postal/Package Delivery Service

  • Public Transit

  • Houses of Worship Clergy/Faith Leaders

  • Manufacturing

Click here for more information about these groups in Phase 1-B.

Vaccinations can also continue for groups in Phase 1-A, including health care workers, residents and staff at long-term care facilities and these high priority groups: EMS, fire, and law enforcement who serve as first responders, primary care, urgent care, college/university student health center, K-12 health clinics and school nurses, dental clinics, pharmacies, home health, private care/personal care, hospice care, dialysis centers, correctional staff involved in patient care and transfer, morticians/funeral home staff involved in direct contact or conducting transports and blood donation centers.

Where can you get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Eligible Arkansans can make an appointment at a community pharmacy. Vaccine clinics and events may also be available in your area through hospitals, health care providers, or your worksite. Click here for a list of clinics. For those who work in education, the district, facility, or college/university should determine how many doses are needed, and then reach out to an ADH Local Health Unit or a community pharmacy to schedule a vaccination clinic. You can also call the Vaccine Call Line at 1-800-985-6030

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Some of the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are similar. Know your symptoms. If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or develop symptoms, please seek medical advice. 

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has created this infographic to help stop the spread of the flu and COVID-19. 

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