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COVID-19 Vaccine Information & Distribution


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Doses given in Pima County: 57,676

*Through Wednesday, Jan. 20

Vaccine Distribution Phases

The timeline below shows the intended distribution phases for the COVID-19 vaccine as determined by the State of Arizona Department of Health. Pima County is in Phase 1B.1 a-c. of its updated Phase B plan (Jan. 19). 

(tap/click timeline to see phase detail)

Phase 1

December 2020 - Spring 2021

1 A
1 B
1 C

Phase 2

Spring 2021 - Summer 2021

Phase 3

Summer 2021 - Beyond


Latest News & Information

January 21: Distribution Update

We’re distributing the COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) to vaccinators for the Phase 1A and priority 1B groups.

Vaccinations completed (through Jan. 20): 57,676. Daily update from the state.

Through Jan. 20:
  • Doses allocated to the County: 136,100
  • Doses arrived: 107,000
Some of those vaccines on hand are held for second doses to complete the vaccination series, and appointments have or are being made to receive the other existing stock.

The vaccination number does not at the moment include those conducted this week by CVS and Walgreens, who received direct allotment from the federal government to do on-site vaccinations of staff and residents at long-term care facilities.

Registration for Phase 1A

As of Dec. 31, registration and vaccination is open to all the priority groups in Phase 1A. Please check below for your group and how to register if you have not already done so.

Those eligible in the Phase 1A plan (click for more details -- UPDATED JAN. 20) are workers, paid and unpaid, who are serving in healthcare settings and have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. Phase 1A includes individuals providing patient care in settings such as:
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Emergency medical services
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Home health care

For Healthcare Workers in Phase 1A

Persons in priority group 1A are now being registered for vaccination. This group includes health care practitioners, technical occupations, and health support occupations (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, EMTs, paramedics, dentists, home health aides, nursing assistants, medical assistants, etc.). Please view the sections below to understand where to register for the vaccine.

VaccineIf you believe you are 1A eligible, check this list to see if your agency/facility is already registered.

If your agency is listed, Pima County has explained to your administrators the prioritization and registration process for you to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have questions, please check with your supervisor or HR department.

If you’re a health care worker who meets that criteria and still has questions about registration that cannot be answered internally within your network, please fill out this interest form. To better serve our community, please do not submit a form unless you are currently eligible to be vaccinated.

For Skilled Nursing Facilities and Long-term Care Facilities in Phase 1A

If you are at a Skilled Nursing Facility or Assisted Living Facility, and your facility is enrolled in the federal pharmacy vaccination program, you will be hearing directly from CVS or Walgreens regarding vaccination for staff and residents at your facility. They are beginning with Skilled Nursing Facilities and when complete, will move on to Assisted Living Facilities. If your facility has not yet heard from either pharmacy, please be patient, they will reach out when they’re ready to schedule your clinic. All facilities enrolled in this federal program are listed here.

If you are at a Skilled Nursing Facility or Assisted Living Facility and did not see your facility on the list, please have a facility administrator complete the interest form and the Health Department will reach out to you with instructions on registering staff for vaccinations. We continue to develop a plan to get your residents vaccinated, and the Congregate Care team will reach out to you when they are ready to begin that process.

For Fire and EMS in Phase 1A

For fire department and EMS personnel, your chiefs are involved in meetings with the Pima County Health Department/Pima County Office of Emergency Management. Check with your chiefs for more information on how and where to get vaccinated.

For employers of Phase 1B workers: register for vaccine

The Phase 1B registration tool is live from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). This form is intended for employers of Phase 1B essential workers to attest that they meet the prioritization criteria and request a COVID-19 vaccine allocation for their workforce. The data will be filtered at the state level and then sent out to the counties on a regular basis.

Who is eligible in Phase 1B?

The state on Dec. 28 changed its recommended guidance for the Phase 1B group to include those 75 and older. Registration for priority 1B is underway. UPDATED JAN. 20: Pima County’s tentative 1B plan.

Eligible 1B professions/groups include these three that are the top priority in 1B:
  • People 75 and older
  • Education and childcare providers (teachers and staff)
  • Protective service occupations (law enforcement, corrections, firefighters, and other emergency response staff)
Others:
  • Adults in congregate settings
  • Power and utility workers
  • Food and agriculture related occupations (packaging and distribution workers, grocery, farmworkers and restaurant workers)
  • Transportation and material moving occupations (public transportation providers, airlines, gas stations, auto shop workers, and other transportation network providers)
  • State and local government workers that provide critical services for continuity of government, such as food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector not in the prioritized essential worker category
  • Other essential workers (e.g., business and financial services, supply chain for critical goods, funeral services, critical trades, etc.)

Latest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I saw Pima County is moving into Phase 1B. Does that slow down vaccinations in long-term care facilities?

No. Vaccinations for this 1A group are underway and will continue. CVS and Walgreens are administering the vaccines on-site for the various long-term care and skilled-nursing facilities, starting with the largest facilities. The vaccine allotment for long-term care facilities comes from the federal government and is separate from the allotment our Health Department receives from the state. These are two separate, concurrent processes. While the County will be starting to move into Phase 1B by Jan. 15, that won’t affect the doses available for the long-term care group.

I’m eager to get vaccinated. When will the rate of vaccination increase?

Governor Doug Ducey took action Dec. 30, signing an executive order to accelerate the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Arizona and instructing the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to implement a state-directed allocation model. State health director Dr. Cara Christ said Wednesday that the state will be allocating vaccines directly to CVS and Walgreens and other contractors throughout Arizona.

Meanwhile, Pima County is focused on increasing the number of local vaccinators who are able to deliver product into people's arms. More sites are planned for this week.

This is a fluid and rapidly changing process. Keep checking back for updates.

The County currently has 13 Points of Distribution (PODs) for the vaccine, including TMC and Banner, which began serving 1A healthcare workers countywide on Dec. 17.

Other sites are focused primarily on serving their affiliated staff:
  • St. Joseph’s
  • St. Mary’s
  • El Rio
  • Marana Healthcare
  • Arizona Community Physicians
  • NW Hospital (Serving NWOV and NW Sahuarita)
  • Desert Senita
  • United Community Health Center
New partners the week of Jan. 4 are:
  • University of Arizona Campus Health
  • Drexel Heights Fire Department
  • Golder Ranch Fire Department

More Frequently Asked Questions

For common questions in categories such as Vaccine Prioritization, Vaccine Safety, and General Questions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.



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