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story.lead_photo.caption Governor Asa Hutchinson speaks Tuesday Nov. 17, 2020 in Little Rock during his weekly covid-19 press conference at the state Capitol. More photos at (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Staton Breidenthal) - Photo by Staton Breidenthal

Arkansas is lowering the age eligibility for covid-19 vaccination from 70 to 65, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday.

An additional 115,000 Arkansans are now eligible to receive the vaccine, according to a slide presented by the governor during his weekly covid-19 briefing.

The expansion of the Phase 1-B vaccination group is effective Feb. 23, the slide states.

Lowering the age eligibility will keep demand active as the state makes progress in vaccinating the 70-plus age group, the governor said.

Visit for more information about vaccination locations and the number of vaccines distributed in the state.


Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state health officials will provide an update on Arkansas' covid-19 response at 1:30 p.m.

The total number of coronavirus cases reported in Arkansas remained at 315,759 Tuesday morning, according to a state website. The death toll remained at 5,363.

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