John Brummett, a political writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, speaks with Roby Brock, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, about the continuing transition from one presidential administration to another. They also discuss the policies and politics surrounding vaccines.

Arkansas Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero, who is also the chair of the CDC's national Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, went before state legislators Monday to discuss the latest developments in the race to distribute the first of what are likely to be several COVID-19 vaccines. To watch the full Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee meeting, click here.

Courtesy / Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas has seen a decline in childhood vaccinations compared to last year. ARKids First and the Department of Human Services have launched the Don't Wait, Vaccinate! campaign to encourage parents who may have delayed their children's vaccinations due to the pandemic to get those vaccines now.

Courtesy / Little Rock Pediatric Clinic

Today's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report features a Roby Brock interview with Chad Rodgers, a practicing pediatrician and the medical director of Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care. Rodgers discusses the falling rate of child vaccinations during the pandemic, as well as the status of the search for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Today's news roundup includes a confirmed case of whooping cough at a Fayetteville middle school, an update on the air quality near the Bella Vista stump dump and unofficial results from school board elections in Washington County.

The Arkansas Department of Health announced it has identified three confirmed cases and one suspected case of mumps on the University of Arkansas campus. Officials are those who have come into contact with the confirmed cases as well as those with an MMR vaccine exemption to seek vaccination.

We talk with Dr. Jose Romero about the mumps, how it hasn't been eradicated, who can be immunized against the disease, and how that immunization helps protect those who can't get the vaccination.

Research at the University of Arkansas may explain why some parents decide not to vaccinate.