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CDC advisory panel recommends health care workers are 1st to get COVID-19 vaccine

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ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — The Centers for Disease Control heeded a panel of independent experts’ recommendation that health care workers will be first to get the COIVD-19 vaccine, followed by nursing home residents.

The decision was made on Tuesday, December 1.

There is another step in the process before the vaccine goes forward, and it’s that of the CDC Director’s approval, Dr. Robert R. Redfield. If he agrees with the decision, then the states can make preparations to receive the vaccines — possibly as soon as mid-December, but that’s contingent on the Food and Drug Administration approval.

As of Tuesday, December 1, Arkansas has more than 1,000 people hospitalized for the virus and nearly 200 on ventilators, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. The counties with the highest case counts are: Pulaski (178), Benton (171), Washington (140), Saline (101) and Green (92).

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