COVID-19 in Arkansas: Gov. Hutchinson shares look back at first year of vaccinations

By Miriam Battles, Bill Smith

Gov. Asa Hutchinson used his weekly news briefing Tuesday to mark one year since COVID-19 vaccination efforts began in the state of Arkansas.

The governor shared a snapshot of data comparing Tuesday’s figures with the same day in 2020, showing that vaccines had helped new cases to be just over half and active cases to be just over a third of last year’s numbers.

Hutchinson also shared that 1.8 million Arkansans had taken 3.6 million doses of vaccines in the last year.

While appreciative of the Arkansans who had taken the vaccine, Hutchinson and Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero encouraged those who had not gotten the shot to consider vaccinations, noting that Arkansas had seen two surges in hospitalizations in 2021 and that numbers were trending back up.

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