Where to get your vaccine

A. Drew Smith
Fort Smith Times Record
Howard Elementary School Principal Velmar Greene gets her first COVID-19 vaccination from Mercy Hospital Fort Smith nurse, Brandy Henson, on Jan. 22, at the Mercy COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Ben Geren Park Tornado Shelter. This is one of many places in the River Valley to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Arkansas is currently in Phase 1-B for COVID-19.

Phase 1-B started at the end of January and included educators and residents over 65.

Since the start of distribution in December, Arkansas has given nearly 520,000 doses of the more than 750,000 doses allocated or received.

In Phase 1-A, medical professionals, nursing home residents and first responders received vaccines.

Here are ways to sign up for the vaccine once you are eligible.

Mercy

In order to sign up for the vaccine, residents can go to mercy.net/FSMVaccine and fill out the form or call 833-364-6777. Mercy has held vaccination clinics at Ben Geren Tornado Shelter. The tornado shelter is located at 7200 S. Zero St. in Fort Smith.

Supplies are extremely limited and Mercy requires appointments in order to receive the vaccine. After a resident signs up for an appointment, there will be a waiting period until the vaccine becomes available.

Baptist

Baptist Health is currently accepting limited appointments for those who are 65 and older. Patients are encouraged to make the appointment through their MyChart. Those who have trouble scheduling an appointment through MyChart should call 1-888-227-8478. Other questions can be directed to their website, www.baptist-health.com/covid-19-vaccine.

In Fort Smith, Baptist Health Medical Plaza is administering the vaccine by appointment. The address for this location is 1500 Dodson Ave.

Pharmacies

Local pharmacies are asking people to call or text them in order to sign up for an appointment. Similar to the hospitals, these pharmacies have a waiting period due to the limited number of vaccines available.

Coleman Pharmacy - Text (479) 262-2156 for an appointment at 110 Fayetteville Ave. in Alma.

Health Depot - Call (479) 646-7875 for an appointment at 7700 U.S. 271 S. in Fort Smith.

MediSav - Call (479) 452-0278 for an appointment at 8820 Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith.

CVS allows residents of Arkansas to sign up online by going to their website – https://www.cvs.com – and selecting Arkansas. The three locations in Arkansas are Van Buren, Russellville and Springdale. The Van Buren CVS is located at 2015 Fayetteville Road and their number is (479) 471-1608.

Oklahoma

For residents of Oklahoma, Walmart and Sam's Club are distributing the vaccine. The state is currently in Phase 2, which includes healthcare workers. This group includes expanded healthcare worker groups such as allied health fields and general outpatient health service (i.e. behavioral health, dentists), first responders, Oklahomans over 65 or under age 65 with comorbidities, and teachers and staff in PreK-12 schools.

In order to schedule an appointment at Walmart, residents can go to https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302 and schedule an appointment.

At Sam's Club, members and non-members can schedule appointments on their website. Non-members must make a guest account to sign up.