UAMS will bring mobile health screenings to the Back to School Bash with a bang in El Dorado

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Vaccines will be available to everyone over the age of 5.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, about 47% of Union County’s population is fully immune to COVID-19, and 183 people have died of COVID-19 in Union County since the pandemic began.

In addition to the COVID-19 vaccines and health screenings, information on colorectal and breast cancer and FIT tests for colon cancer will be available from the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

“We are hopeful that we are nearing the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we know there is more to do so we can protect all Arkansas residents from serious illness from the coronavirus,” said Stephanie Krueger, Associate Director of Programs of the community at UAMS Office of Public Health and Research. “If you’re not yet vaccinated, need a booster, or just have questions about the vaccine or your health, we encourage you to come out and see us at the Back to School Bash with a Splash. We’re not just here to provide vaccines – we want to reach out to the Union County community and answer questions so you can make an informed decision about your health care.”

COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 11,750 people in Arkansas since 2020. While the number of cases in Arkansas continues to decline, vaccination against the virus is encouraged by health officials to avoid serious illness or death.

UAMS will provide COVID-19 vaccines to anyone age 5 and older. Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots are available to anyone 5 years of age and older, and Moderna booster shots are available to anyone 18 years of age and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends booster shots for individuals five months after their initial round of vaccines.

Patients who take a short survey after receiving their COVID-19 vaccine at the event will receive a $20 Walmart gift card.

The Back to School Bash with a Splash will be held from noon to 6 pm on Friday, August 12, in downtown El Dorado. Free life jackets will also be available while supplies last.

For more information about COVID-19, including resources, mobile vaccine events and education, visit

UAMS is the only state health sciences university with colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health professions and public health; high school; hospital; main campus in Little Rock; Northwest Arkansas Regional Campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that spans the entire UAMS clinical enterprise. UAMS is the only Level 1 trauma center for adults in the state. UAMS has 3,047 students, 873 physicians and fellows, and six dentists. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who care for patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, TwitterYouTube or Instagram.


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