Mercy Fort Smith will begin vaccinating eligible area residents for the COVID-19 virus on Wednesday.
Mercy will host a vaccination clinic beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday for individuals who are included in Phase 1-B of the Arkansas Health Department’s schedule. Eligible residents who are included in Phase 1-A, which began in December, also can receive the vaccination. Phase 1-B began Monday. Mercy will continue to schedule vaccines as supplies are made available. Supplies across the nation remain very limited.
If you are eligible, based on state and federal guidelines, you can submit a form at mercy.net/FSMVaccine to be placed on our wait list to receive notifications when appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine are available in your community. As vaccine supply allows, we will be reaching out to schedule appointments with those who have submitted a form and are eligible to receive the vaccine. Those without internet access can call 833-364-6777.
While millions of people are eligible, only a fraction of the doses needed are available at this time. Vaccinating all those who are eligible will take several months. Many people may wait a month or more for their vaccine. As the state makes more vaccine available, Mercy plans to continue to contact those who have submitted a form at mercy.net/FSMVaccine to give them an opportunity to schedule a vaccination. Visit mercy.net/VacFAQ for more information about the vaccine.
Mercy strongly encourages everyone to be vaccinated as their priority group is eligible to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Clinical trials proved the vaccine to be safe and effective, and no Mercy co-workers vaccinated as part of the 1-A priority group experienced serious adverse effects. In addition, residents should continue to follow guidelines regarding social distancing, hand washing and avoiding gatherings with those outside their own household.