Those who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine in Ashley County will now have an opportunity to do so in only one dose.

The Ashley County Department of Health will host a mass COVID-19 clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14 at First Baptist Church in Hamburg.

The clinic will offer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which only requires one dose. The Moderna vaccine, which is available at Walmart Pharmacy and Gammel’s Clinic Pharmacy in Crossett, is considered fully effective when completely administered but requires two doses for full administration.

The doses will be available to anyone 18 or older on a first-come, first served basis, and will be provided without out-of-pocket expense for the recipient.

Those who have insurance cards should bring them to the unit.

“The three authorized COVID-19 vaccines have each undergone rigorous reviews that have proven them to be both safe and effective,” a health department spokesperson said. 

To learn more about the vaccines and the ADH vaccination plan, visit bit.ly/3mmoF1J. 

Ashley County Medical Center will also host a vaccination clinic for individuals from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9 at the hospital’s 1015 Unity Road location in Crossett. Those who want a vaccination should call 870-632-7299 to secure an appointment. Vaccinations can also be scheduled online at bit.ly/3rwceB5. 

As of Monday, approximately 16.7 percent of people in the nine county southeastern hospital region were fully vaccinated, and approximately 13 percent more were partially immunized. Statewide, a total of 462,515 people — 19.48 percent of the population — were fully immunized, while another 352,806, 14.86 percent, were partially vaccinated.

When examining the statewide rate of infection Sunday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the numbers were “encouraging.”

“The numbers continue to be encouraging. Our efforts to beat this virus are working, and we must continue to get vaccinated,” he said.

Monday saw Ashley County report a total of 22 active cases of COVID-19, slightly more than the same period a week before but almost the same as two weeks previously, and had 33 reported deaths since March 2020. The number of deaths in Ashley County has not moved upward in several weeks.

Chicot County had only one active case, Bradley County had 12, Drew County had five, and Union County had 16.