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William Matthews

Covid-19 vaccine clinic hosted by the Arkansas Department of Health at the Henderson street fair on August 20.

Students came at a steady pace to get their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the Henderson Street Fair vaccination clinic Friday, Aug. 20.

The vaccine was not the only thing being given to patients that day. As part of the Governor’s new incentives, those who received the shot were given their choice of a certificate from the Game and Fish commission to get a free hunting or fishing license or— if they were over 18—a lottery scratch off ticket.

The event was hosted by the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC). They run several vaccination clinics across the state for schools, businesses, and festivals, especially where vaccination rates are low.

Because of the public’s worry over the new Delta variant and the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer jab, there has been an increase in vaccinations as of late, according to Anna Marie Sullivan, the event coordinator for AFMC.

At clinics like the one at the Henderson Street Fair, people feel more at ease because they can go with friends or in a group, says Sullivan.

If you have not been vaccinated yet, the AFMC is holding a follow up clinic for people that got shots at the fair and for anyone else that needs their first shot on September 10 at the Henderson Student Center from 9 am. to 4 pm. You can get a free hunting or fishing license if you get the shot, or a scratch off ticket if you’re over 18.

If you will not be able to make it to the next clinic at Henderson, you can visit healthy.arkansas.gov to find more vaccination clinics that are taking place across the state and nearby. They update the website every Wednesday so you can always stay up-to-date with the most relevant information.