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Vaccine Prioritization

UPDATED NOV. 15: Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?

Vaccine eligibility in Pima County is open to everyone 5 and older. Only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for 5-17 year olds. For additional registration information and news, please visit the COVID-19 vaccine information page.

Vaccine Allocation and Distribution

UPDATED JAN. 26: What are the latest vaccination numbers for the County?

It all began when Pima County received 11,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the week beginning Dec. 14, and then 15,400 Moderna vaccines arrived on Dec. 22 and were delivered directly to approved community hospitals and clinics. The state updates its data dashboard daily -- click on "vaccine administration" to find results statewide and by county.

UPDATED OCT. 28: How many doses will I need?

Both of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are two-dose vaccines, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single dose. If you get the two-dose series, it is very important that you get both doses so that your body develops the most protection it can to protect you against COVID-19.
 
On October 21, 2021, the CDC expanded booster shot eligibility for certain groups of people. Learn more about COVID-19 booster shots.
 
The situation is a little bit different for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. The CDC recommends an additional third dose of Moderna or Pfizer to improve their immune response 28 days after completion of their initial vaccine series, with the option for a later booster vaccine. Immunocompromised people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get a single booster vaccine with any of the available vaccines at least 2 months after vaccination, according to CDC guidance.
 

UPDATED JAN. 11, 2022: Who is eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot?

The CDC recommends that anyone 18 and older who received the Moderna vaccine should get a booster five months after completing their primary series. Anyone 12 years and older who received the Pfizer vaccine should get a booster five months after completing their primary series. People 18 and over who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get a booster two months after vaccination.
 
Those 18 and over may select which of the three COVID-19 vaccines they want as a booster shot. The CDC indicates that the Pfizer and Moderna boosters are preferred over Johnson & Johnson in most situations. Read more details about COVID-19 booster doses, or find a vaccine site.

UPDATED SEPT. 24: What’s the difference between an additional vaccine dose and a booster dose?

An additional dose of a vaccine may be given to people who might not develop the expected protection from a vaccine. For instance, people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised may not build enough protection when they first get a vaccine. Giving them an additional dose can sometimes help bring them closer to the protection that most people develop with the regular number of vaccines. This appears to be true for some immunocompromised people with the COVID-19 vaccines. This is why the CDC recommends that these individuals consider getting an additional, third dose of either the Modena or Pfizer at least 28 days after they complete the regular 2-dose series.
 
A “booster” dose is slightly different. It is another dose of a vaccine given to somebody who built enough protection after vaccination, but after time (sometimes years), protection goes down, and so another dose is given to “boost” it back where it was. Tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and pertussis (whooping cough) are some examples of other diseases for which people commonly get vaccine booster doses.

UPDATED AUG. 4: What is the recommended interval between the first and second doses for the mRNA vaccines?

Doses are given 21 days apart for Pfizer, and 28 days apart for Moderna. The CDC recommends following this dosing schedule as closely as possible, however second doses of either Pfizer of Moderna may be administered up to 4 days earlier or any time after the recommended date.

UPDATED JULY 12: Can non-residents (snowbirds, students) get the vaccine in Arizona?

Yes. Non-residents will be vaccinated along with residents 12 and older.

UPDATED NOV. 16: Will I have a choice of which COVID-19 vaccine I receive?

All three of the vaccine types are widely available at pharmacies as well as Pima County sites and mobile clinics, for both the primary series and boosters. Please visit the Health Department’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information & Registration page for a list of vaccine locations in Pima County, vaccines offered, eligibility, and links to vaccine FAQs. To search for locations and vaccine types at pharmacies, you can also visit the ADHS website or vaccines.gov.

UPDATED FEB 25: Can veterans sign up via Southern Arizona VA Health Care?

Yes. The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) started vaccinating Veterans 85 and older on Jan. 11. They are currently distributing COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans 65 and older.

Veterans, who are eligible based upon Centers for Disease Control (CDC) risk criteria, are being contacted directly by VA staff to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. They are also using an automated text and telephone program that connects Veterans to SAVAHCS staff to schedule an appointment.

If a Veteran expresses interest in receiving a COVID 19 vaccine, they can register at the following web link: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/

UPDATED NOV. 22: Can children get vaccinated for COVID-19?

Yes. The CDC recommends that everyone 5 and older get vaccinated against COVID-19. Children and teens aged 5-17 may get the Pfizer vaccine, which also comes in a pediatric dose for 5-11 year olds. Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines are widely available at Pima County Health Department clinics, mobile sites (including schools) and pharmacies. The vaccine is free and is recommended by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
 
Visit the Pima County Health Department’s Vaccine information for ages 5-11 for more information specific to this age group. The CDC offers a helpful table showing which vaccines are currently approved for different age groups.

UPDATED JAN 8: How can health care providers sign up to be vaccinators in Pima County?

The Arizona Department of Health Services has a Pandemic Vaccine Provider Onboard link for vaccination providers to start the process. More information about the registration process is available via this PDF.

  • Onboarding is for providers who have cold storage, staff for administration and are willing to meet data reporting requirements set by ADHS
  • Onboarding must be fully completed to receive vaccine
  • For assistance with the tool or to check status reach out to ASIISHelpDesk@azdhs.gov
Check out the CDC Storage and Handling Toolkit for more information about storing and handling vaccine.

Vaccine Volunteer Efforts

UPDATED JAN. 18: I am an active or retired health professional. Can I volunteer to help with the vaccine effort?

Yes, you can and we need you!

As Pima County accelerates the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and expands regional vaccination centers, we need volunteers like you to help staff the effort to get our community vaccinated and protected against the virus.

Doctors, veterinarians, dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners, chiropractors, physician assistants, and behavioral health professionals can all help make a difference. Medical personnel interested in volunteering should register through the Medical Reserve Corps of Southern Arizona (MRCSA). Apply directly via their online application, and an MRCSA coordinator will contact you.

UPDATED JAN. 18: Can I volunteer to help the vaccination effort even if I don’t have an active medical license?

Yes, you can!

You don’t have to administer shots to support the vaccine rollout. Pima County has partnered with the Arizona Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (AZ-ESAR-VHP) to offer volunteer opportunities.

To volunteer, visit their online platform, click on the big blue “Register Now” button, select “Add Organizations” and choose Pima County. They will then notify you regarding opportunities via the email address you provide.

Another option to help is by giving blood, if you’re in a position to be able to do so. The American Red Cross is reporting a shortage in blood donations, and you can schedule an appointment here.

Vaccine Safety

UPDATED DEC. 1: What do we know about myocarditis and vaccines?

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle, and pericarditis is an inflammation of the outer heart lining. There have been rare cases of myocarditis and pericarditis reported after vaccination with the Moderna and the Pfizer vaccines. These have occurred:
  • Primarily in adolescents and young adult males within a few days following vaccination.
  • Usually within a week of vaccination.
  • More commonly after the second dose.
Most patients who got medical care for myocarditis and pericarditis felt better quickly after rest and medicine, and most people are able to return to normal activities once symptoms improve.
 
Myocarditis and pericarditis can cause:
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feelings of having a fluttering, pounding, or fast-beating heart
If you or your child have any of these symptoms within a week after a COVID-19 vaccine, contact your primary care provider.

You can report all post-vaccination cases of myocarditis or pericarditis, or any health problems after vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. Healthcare providers can find additional information and clinical considerations on myocarditis following vaccination. The CDC and health officials continually monitor reports and will continue to share information as it becomes available.
 
The known risks of COVID-19 illness and its related, possibly severe complications including long-term health problems, hospitalization or death far outweigh any potential risk of a rare adverse reaction to the vaccine, including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis. Therefore, the CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everybody 5 years and older.

UPDATED DEC 17.: What do we know about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine works by using strands of DNA inside a virus similar to that which causes the common cold, but which cannot make you sick. Like the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, this vaccine causes the body’s immune system to build antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19.
 
On December 16, 2021, the CDC endorsed the recommendations made by its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) evaluating new data showing that an increased risk of a rare but potentially fatal blood clot issue (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS) associated with this vaccine was more common than previously believed. The CDC now recommends that adults 18 and over seeking the safest and most effective COVID-19 vaccines and boosters use either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
 
Learn more from the CDC about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, adverse events that have been reported after COVID-19 vaccination, and about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
 
The FDA also provides fact sheets for patients and healthcare providers that discuss potential adverse side effects of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

UPDATED JAN. 10, 2022: What should I expect after getting the vaccine -- are there side effects?

Vaccination will help protect you from getting the virus, and if you do get sick, it helps prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Possible side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines may include pain, redness and swelling on the arm where you got the shot. You may also get a fever, chills, tiredness, muscle pain, nausea, or a headache. Side effects after the second shot may be more intense than those after the first, and reactions to a booster are similar. These may affect your ability to do daily activities, but should go away in a few days. All are normal signs that your body is building protective antibodies against the virus. Some people do not feel any side effects.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and hundreds of millions of people have received them. Serious side effects after vaccination have been reported, but they remain rare. The COVID-19 vaccines have been the most intensely studied vaccines in history, and the CDC and FDA continue to monitor their safety.

UPDATED JAN. 10, 2022: How do I report an adverse reaction to the vaccine?

If you are a patient, please let your health care provider know about your symptoms. Both health care providers and patients are strongly encouraged to report any adverse reactions via the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
 
After vaccination, you may also enroll in v-safe, a voluntary, smartphone-based tool. Through text messaging and web surveys, you can report any vaccine-related side effects directly to the CDC. The tool also offers reminders when you may be due for any additional vaccine doses. If you choose to enroll in v-safe and report that you were pregnant when you were vaccinated, or after you were vaccinated, you may also participate in the COVID-19 Pregnancy Registry. If you choose to enroll in the registry, you will be contacted several times throughout your pregnancy for additional health check-ins.

UPDATED JAN. 10, 2022: Can the COVID vaccines give me COVID-19 or make me test positive on a viral test?

None of the vaccines used in the U.S. contain the live virus which causes COVID-19, so they cannot give you the illness. Symptoms that may occur after vaccination, such as a fever, are signs that your body is building antibody protection against the virus to help prevent you from becoming severely ill if you are exposed.
 
The vaccines will not make you test positive on the viral tests that take samples from your nose or mouth (the PCR or antigen tests), because these tests look for current infection. People who have had COVID-19 in the past, and those who develop an immune response to vaccination may test positive on an antibody test, because these tests look for some level of antibody protection against the virus.

UPDATED OCT. 12: Do people who had COVID-19 still need the vaccine? Isn't natural immunity better?

COVID-19 is an evolving pandemic, and as such, research and knowledge may change. We know that the vaccines are safe and effective against serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19, including against the Delta variant. Here is additional information that we know about vaccination following COVID-19 illness.
 
Health experts already know the vaccines give your immune system a powerful boost against the virus and reduce your chances of catching COVID-19 again. A recent study in Kentucky compared natural immunity alone to natural immunity plus vaccination and found that people who had COVID-19 and were unvaccinated were more than twice as likely to get reinfected. That means people who are vaccinated after infection have less than HALF the risk of reinfection as people who rely on natural immunity by itself.
 
There is also evidence suggesting that vaccination may help those suffering “long haul” post-COVID conditions. Studies at Yale University found that as many as 30-40% of those vaccinated have reported improvements in their symptoms. In a survey conducted by the UK advocacy group LongCovidSOS, the University of Exeter and the University of Kent, 57% of participants reported at least some improvement in symptoms following vaccination. 
 
If natural immunity by itself were enough, we would expect to see countries with low vaccination rates and high levels of natural infection (and thus natural immunity) seeing an end to their pandemic. This is not what is happening, however.
 
Not everyone who recovers from COVID-19 will actually develop protective immunity against the disease. We do not know who will and who will not develop this protection. Researchers discovered that a third of people who had COVID-19 failed to create protective antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. Additionally, antibodies associated with natural immunity from a previous infection may not protect against other variants of the virus.
 
Health experts with the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Pima County Health Department, and the CDC recommend that eligible individuals get the vaccine, even if they have had COVID-19. Learn more about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, and find out where to get one.

UPDATED DEC. 29: If I’m vaccinated, should I quarantine or test after exposure to someone infected with COVID-19?

It depends upon how long ago you were vaccinated or if you have been boosted, according to the CDC recommendations updated December 27, 2021. If you completed the primary series with either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines within the last 6 months, or completed the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last 2 months, or you have had a booster, you do not need to quarantine. Instead, you should: 
  • Wear a mask when around others for 10 days after exposure.
  • Test 5 days after exposure, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, you should test and stay home.
If however, it has been more than 6 months since you completed the primary series of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or more than two months since you completed the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and you are not boosted, you should: 
  • Stay home and quarantine for 5 days. After that, you should continue to wear a mask when around others for another 5 days.
  • If it is impossible to quarantine, you must wear a mask at all times when around others for 10 days.
  • Test 5 days after exposure, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, you should test and stay home.

UPDATED JAN. 10, 2022: Should I get the vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

The CDC recommends getting a COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, were recently pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you are or recently were pregnant, you are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Severe illness can mean you may need hospitalization, intensive care or a ventilator, and that you could die. COVID-19 infection also increases your risk for preterm birth, stillbirth, and other pregnancy complications.
 
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective during pregnancy, and the protective benefits they offer both the mother and fetus/infant outweigh any known or potential risks. Getting vaccinated during your pregnancy builds antibodies that may protect your baby against COVID-19. Antibodies are passed to the fetus through umbilical cord blood, and through breast milk if you breastfeed. Find out more from the CDC about COVID-19 vaccines while pregnant or breastfeeding.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends vaccination for people who are pregnant. If you would like to talk to someone about COVID-19 vaccination during your pregnancy, MotherToBaby is a free, confidential service offering experts who can answer your questions in English or Spanish via telephone or chat. Your healthcare provider can also provide additional guidance.

UPDATED OCT. 1: Can people with a history of allergic reactions get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The CDC recommends that people with histories of severe allergic reactions not related to either vaccines or injectable medications get a COVID-19 vaccine. Examples of allergies not related to vaccines or injectable medications include allergies to pets, latex, foods, venom, or things in the environment. People with histories of allergies to medications taken by mouth, or who have family members with severe allergic reactions may also be vaccinated.
 
Anyone allergic to an ingredient in the COVID-19 vaccines (including PEG or polysorbate) should talk to their health care provider before being vaccinated. Here is a list of the ingredients in the vaccines. Anyone having an allergic reaction to a previous COVID-19 shot should also check with their health care provider before getting another.
 
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for people with allergies.

UPDATED JAN. 10, 2022: Should people with weakened immune systems get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, they should. People with moderately to severely weakened immune systems (immunocompromised) may be more likely to get severely ill or to be sick for a longer time if they get COVID-19. Certain medicines, medical conditions, or treatments for medical conditions may cause someone to become immunocompromised. These may include cancer treatments, organ transplants, advanced or untreated HIV, primary immunodeficiency diseases, and immune-suppressing medicines.
 
Immunocompromised people may build a much smaller amount of protection from the vaccines than someone with a normal immune system would. To help get them closer to a normal level of protection, the CDC recommends that immunocompromised people 18 and older who got the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines get a third vaccine dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least 28 days after their second dose. They also have the option to receive a single booster dose with any of the available vaccines at least 6 months after completing their third dose. This means that some immunocompromised individuals receiving the mRNA vaccines may receive a total of four vaccine doses.
The CDC recommends everybody 5 years and older, including those with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised), get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they can.
 
People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and may be more likely to become seriously ill or even die if they get the virus. A variety of medical conditions can cause moderate to severe immunocompromise, including cancer treatments, organ transplants, advanced or untreated HIV, primary immunodeficiency diseases, and immune-suppressing medicines.
 
Because people who are immunocompromised may not build as much protection from the vaccines, some moderately to severely immunocompromised people should get an additional primary shot. Moderately to severely immunocompromised people aged 5 and over who received Pfizer should get an additional Pfizer primary shot 28 days after their second vaccine. Those 18 and over who received Moderna should get an additional primary shot of Moderna 28 days after their second vaccine. (No additional primary shot for those who received Johnson and Johnson is currently recommended.)  Those who are eligible for an additional primary shot should get this dose before receiving a booster shot.
 
Speak with your healthcare provider or your child’s pediatrician if you have questions about whether you or your child are considered immunocompromised, and whether you or your child should receive an additional primary shot.

UPDATED OCT. 19: Do the COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility?

There is currently no evidence showing that the COVID-19 vaccines cause fertility problems in males or females.
 
Research studies in women trying to become pregnant found no evidence that anything within the vaccines or the antibodies created following vaccination caused any problems with pregnancy success rates. Women who had the vaccines were able to become pregnant at the same rates as women who did not get vaccinated. Researchers also found no significant changes to men’s sperm characteristics after vaccination. Some people can develop a fever following COVID-19 vaccination, but there is no current evidence this fever after vaccination affected sperm production.  
 
The COVID-19 vaccines have been the most closely studied vaccines in history. Scientists and health experts continue to monitor them carefully for side effects and report new information and discoveries as they become available. Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccines for People Who Would Like to Have a Baby.

After Vaccination

UPDATED DEC. 27: What do I do if I lost my vaccine card?

The Pima County Health Department does not make replacement COVID-19 vaccine cards. If you lost your vaccination card, the Pima County Health Department recommends the following:
  • First, contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination records. If this is not possible, and you were vaccinated in Arizona, contact the state through its online Immunization Record Request Form and return the completed form via email, fax or mail (all listed at the link). For more information, email the Arizona Immunization Program Office at ASIISHelpDesk@azdhs.gov or call 602-364-3630. 
  • You can also create an online portal at https://myirmobile.com/, which partners with the Arizona Department of Health Services to allow you to review your immunization history, get reminders for future immunizations, and print your own official records.
  • If you were vaccinated in a state other than Arizona, contact that state’s immunization information system.
  • If you were vaccinated outside of the U.S. and do not have proof of COVID-19 vaccination, talk to your healthcare provider about your options and whether you need to be vaccinated again in the U.S. (The CDC offers additional guidance regarding vaccination/re-vaccination and boosters for those who received their vaccination outside of the U.S.).
Read more from the CDC on getting your COVID-19 vaccination record card. The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants provides additional information for these populations needing resources on verifying vaccine status and vaccination cards.

UPDATED JAN. 10, 2022: Is it possible to get COVID-19 even if I'm up to date on my vaccines?

Yes, these are called “breakthrough infections” and they are expected, especially as more contagious variants emerge. Although the COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing hospitalization and death, they cannot prevent all infections. People who are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines however, are much less likely to develop serious illness, need hospitalization, or die from the virus than people who are unvaccinated. People who are immunocompromised may not build enough protection even if up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, and should follow their healthcare provider’s guidance on additional precautions they may need to follow.
 
Someone with a breakthrough infection may not know they are infected and they can still spread the virus to others. This is why it is very important to wear a mask in public places. The Pima County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 2021-87, requiring those in Pima County 5 years and older to wear masks in indoor public places where it is impossible to maintain a continuous physical distance of at least six feet from others. The Pima County Health Department offers additional guidance on this resolution and more in the latest Public Health Advisory.

General Questions

What does the vaccine cost?

The vaccine is free for everybody, regardless of insurance status. For those that have insurance, a small administration fee may be billed.

Is there a wait time for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine or a booster after having had COVID-19?

People who have had a COVID-19 infection should wait to be vaccinated or to get a booster dose until they have recovered from the acute illness (if they had symptoms) and they have met the guidelines for ending isolation.

UPDATED MAY 26: I need transportation to my vaccine, where can I get a ride?

Don’t let a lack of transportation keep you from getting vaccinated! Multiple options exist for those needing a ride to and from their COVID-19 vaccine site.

Rideshare service Uber offers free rides to and from all of the vaccine site locations listed on the Pima County Vaccine Registration page. Call Uber’s Vaccine Line at 1 (855) 632-0557 to be connected with an operator in English or Spanish. Operators are familiar with the Pima County vaccine locations/dates/times, and rides can be requested in real time or scheduled in advance.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) and rideshare service Lyft have partnered to offer older adults roundtrip rides to and from each dose of their vaccine. Users need to download the Lyft app onto their phone and use a vaccination ride code. Each ride code covers up to $50 ($25 to the vaccine site, and $25 back home). There are no location restrictions, and the ride codes are valid through December 31, 2021. The NCOA has more information and step-by-step instructions for downloading and creating a Lyft account and using the ride codes. AHCCCS Medicaid recipients may also be able to get free non-emergency transportation to and from their vaccination site. Members should contact their health plan to find out more.

UPDATED SEPT. 7: If I just received another vaccine, do I have to wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

No, you do not have to wait. COVID-19 vaccines can now be given along with your other vaccines. This means you can get your flu shot or other needed vaccines at the same time as your COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC has more details about the co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines.

UPDATED DEC. 29: If I was treated with monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19, should I get vaccinated?

If you received monoclonal antibody (mAB) therapy to treat a COVID-19 infection, the CDC recommends that you wait 90 days before getting vaccinated. If you received antibody therapy to prevent a COVID-19 infection after having been exposed (post-exposure prophylaxis) you should wait 30 days before getting vaccinated.
 
The waiting periods between mAB therapy and COVID-19 vaccination are to help avoid any potential interference between the immune responses generated by the mAB therapy and those generated by the vaccine. Visit the Pima County Health Department’s monoclonal antibody page for more information about this therapy.

UPDATED DEC. 29: Can my employer require me to get vaccinated?

Yes. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws allow employers to require all employees physically entering the workplace to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to the reasonable accommodation provisions of Title VII and the ADA and other EEO considerations. Learn more about this from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

UPDATED DEC. 29: How many vaccines have been approved?

Three COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are authorized in the U.S. for emergency use. On August 23, 2021, the Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) received full FDA approval for people aged 16 and over.

Yale Medicine keeps an updated comparison of the vaccines and their effectiveness, and CDC and FDA offer additional information and recommendations about the vaccines, boosters, and age eligibility for each. If you are looking for a COVID-19 vaccine, the Pima County Health Department has a list of locations.

UPDATED DEC. 21: How can I protect myself from scams?

While the newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine offers hope of controlling the pandemic, scammers see the vaccine as an opportunity to steal from hopeful consumers.

The FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General have been issuing alerts about the increase in coronavirus fraud. Scammers aren’t just using email or telemarketing calls. They are also coming at people via messages on social media platforms, and they’re even performing door-to-door visits, HHS says.

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UPDATED DEC. 29: Do I need to delay my mammogram after getting the vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccines can sometimes cause a temporary swelling in the lymph nodes, often under the arm in which you received the shot. This is more common after additional doses or boosters. This is part of a normal immune response, and a sign your body is building protection, but it may cause a mammogram to look abnormal, or to indicate cancer when none exists. Some health experts recommend getting your mammogram before being vaccinated, or waiting four to six weeks after vaccination. Your healthcare provider can advise you best. Anyone with a suspicious lump should talk to their healthcare provider.


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