The mother points out that the scar is from the smallpox vaccine, and the young girl asks why she doesn’t have one. The mother’s answer, quick and simple: “Because it worked.”The smallpox vaccine is one of the earliest successful vaccines. Despite the historical success of vaccines and the stringent review process that vaccines, including the COVID-19 ones, must go through, Arkansas continues to see slow acceptance. Local health care professionals explain the benefits and success of the COVID-19 vaccines. Often equally impactful are the personal stories that community members share with their fellow Arkansans.