Ending the COVID-19 pandemic depends on as many Arkansans as possible receiving available vaccines.
Arkansas businesses — one of the state’s most valuable assets — will play a major role in stopping the pandemic by helping more Arkansans get vaccinated safely and effectively.
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC), Northwest Arkansas Council and Walmart have united their valuable resources to help with that effort.
A new website, VaccinateArkansas.com, officially launched Friday, March 19.
VaccinateArkansas.com is part of the Vaccinate the Natural State initiative. That initiative focuses on providing employers with the tools they need to successfully navigate the COVID-19 vaccination process. In turn, they can confidently prepare their employees to return safely to the workplace.
VaccinateArkansas.com tools include:
- Videos covering Vaccine Safety, Rights & Responsibilities, Logistics & Localization and Return to Work best practices
- Handouts on key topics for employees
- Downloadable wearable art for promotion
- Links to valuable resources
- Up-to-date, reliable information for employers to share with employees
The website also lists Arkansas pharmacies and other healthcare providers that are available for on-site vaccination clinics.
“Thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine, we finally have the important piece we need to end the pandemic in Arkansas,” said Curtis Barnett, president and CEO of Arkansas Blue Cross. “But we can’t do it without all our businesses on board. It’s going to take all of us to finally defeat COVID-19 once and for all. And that starts with bringing businesses together.”
Employers also have the opportunity to pledge their support in helping make Arkansas COVID-free by taking the “Power Over Pandemic Pledge” online.
“We’ve come together to help you confidently lead your organization through the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and safely prepare your employees to return to work,” said Randy Zook, president and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce. “The ‘Power Over Pandemic Pledge’ is one way that businesses can unite in our commitment to do our part to create safe workplaces for our employees and in turn, protect and strengthen our communities, our economy and our state.”
“The content on VaccinateArkansas.com provides information to help employers address their most pressing concerns,” said Ray Hanley, president and CEO of AFMC. “The videos, handouts and resources available for employers to share with their workforce should help in educating employees and curtailing any fears that they may have about the vaccine. We are committed to supporting the state’s vaccine efforts for Arkansas businesses.”
If you have suggestions for information not currently provided on the site, email us at info@VaccinateTheNaturalState.com.
Take a look. Take the pledge. Let’s get Arkansas back to business.