Dr. Huda Sharaf, Chief Medical Director of the University of Arkansas Pat Walker Health Center in Fayetteville, as well as a key Fayetteville City Health Board member, explains why the new even more life-threatening COVID-19 Delta variant is spreading so quickly through the unvaccinated population in Arkansas.
School will soon be back in session, leaving parents and teachers concerned. Act 1002, sponsored by State Senator Trent Garner (R - El Dorado), is currently preventing any school district or local government from reinstating a mask mandate. Despite the rise in cases and the low vaccination rates, Garner stands by the bill, citing personal choice and personal responsibility over government enforcement.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris believe that invoking community leaders helps build trust in the new COVID-19 vaccinations, especially in minorities communities. Religious leaders across Northwest Arkansas and into the River Valley have done their part, having conversations about the safety of the vaccines and even hosting vaccination clinics on their sites.