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  • County allocates 2,100 COVID-19 vaccines to rural, semi-urban areas

    Jan 21, 2021 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s health care partners in rural and semi-urban areas received 2,100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, with the expectation they will use that allotment within seven days.

    VaccinationThose doses of the Moderna vaccine are earmarked for priority 1B groups, including those 75 and older.

    The County’s community partners are doing targeted outreach to ensure efficient and effective distribution of the vaccine. There is no public registration for this vaccine stock.

    Marana Health Center, serving northwest Pima County (Marana, Picture Rocks, Avra Valley and Catalina), received 800 doses and began doing drive-thru vaccinations Wednesday for the 75-plus population. Marana Health Care plans to inoculate 200 people per day for four days.

    United Community Health Center (UCHC) also received 800 doses to serve southern Pima County (Green Valley, Sahuarita, Arivaca, Amado, Summit, Three Points). UCHC plans a total of four events throughout the area, vaccinating individuals 75 and over and working with local partners in school districts and fire departments.

    Desert Senita Community Health Center, serving Ajo, Lukeville and Why in far western Pima County, received 500 doses to go with 25 remaining from its allotment for its Phase 1A health care workers. Those 525 doses available for the 75-plus population nearly covers the estimated 552 individuals in the area identified as 75 and over.

    The allocations to these health care partners complement the five Pima County regional vaccination centers in the greater Tucson area.

    Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry notes that the 2,100 doses represent just over 11 percent of the 75-plus population in the rural and semi-urban populations.

    “Vaccine availability from the state and federal government remains the sole rate limiting factor impacting vaccine coverage in Pima County,” Huckelberry wrote in a memo to the Board of Supervisors. “Due to our limited allocation of vaccine we are unable to disseminate the vaccine more broadly and are very cautious about not causing excessive demand or expectations that local partners cannot meet.”

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