Vaccinating students 16 & older; Dept. of Health, school district initiatives

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Both the state and local school districts are working to make vaccines easily accessible to eligible students 16 and older.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Jennifer Dillaha said the Arkansas Department of Health is finalizing plans to set up clinics with schools. In the meantime, there are other avenues for the students to get shots.

“We’re providing vaccine doses to more and more medical clinics and we want the pediatricians and the family physicians who take care of the 16 to 17 to be able to have the vaccine,” she said.

Until then, Trent Jones with the Springdale Schools said the district is communicating with students and sharing resources from its nearby clinics.

“When we receive information or we see information about any clinics that are happening around the area, we simply share it,” he said. “That can be through email, social media, we provide it in all languages.”

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