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  • County expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, determined by age and risk

    Mar 24, 2021 | Read More News
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    Starting Thursday, March 25 at 9:00 a.m., Pima County will expand current COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include three major groups based on three criteria:resident gets covid-19 vaccine at drive-thru pod
    1. AGE – anyone over age 55, regardless of other health conditions or type of employment.
    2. RISK – anyone over age 16 who has a disability OR is experiencing homelessness OR lives in a congregate setting/receives in-home or long-term care OR has a high-risk medical condition as defined by the Centers for Disease Control: 
      • Cancer
      • Chronic kidney disease
      • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
      • Down Syndrome
      • Heart conditions (including heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies)
      • Immunocompromised state aka weakened immune system, from solid organ transplant
      • Obesity (Body Max Index (BMI) over 30 kg/m2 or higher or < 40 kg/m2)
      • Severe obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
      • Sickle cell disease
      • Smoking
      • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
    3. WORK – anyone over age 16 who works in the following fields, regardless of other health conditions: 
      • Healthcare worker and healthcare support
      • Emergency medical services
      • Long-term care facility staff
      • In-home long-term care
      • Protective services
      • Education and childcare
      • Food and agriculture
      • Restaurants and bars
      • U.S. Postal Service
      • Manufacturing
      • Grocery and convenience stores (including carnicerias)
      • State and local government
      • Public transportation (buses, light rail, Uber, Lyft, taxis, etc.)
      • Auto repair
      • Business/financial services
      • Clergy/faith leaders/ traditional healers
      • Court personnel
      • Critical trade (plumber, electrician, HVAC, etc.)
      • Food packaging
      • Funeral services
      • Gas stations
      • Media members
      • Power/utility
      • Shelters
      • Warehouse distribution
      • Veterinarians and veterinary staff
    Governor Doug Ducey announced March 22 that Arizona would open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and older starting March 24.

    “We realize that this is not fully aligned with what Governor Ducey announced earlier this week;  however, our decisions are based on the current vaccination rates for 55 and up (which is at 42%),  as well as our commitment to ensure ongoing access to vulnerable populations," said Dr. Theresa Cullen, Health Department Director. “We anticipate appointments will be filled quickly and as we move these groups, we look forward to being able to align with the states recommendations within the next 6 weeks.”

    Currently, most appointments set for the large County-supported vaccination sites will be for mid-late April 2021.

    “We continue to push forward vaccinations at a rapid pace,” said Cullen. “We know this expansion includes several thousand people who have eagerly awaited their turn, and we are grateful for their enthusiasm to not only get their vaccine, but also their continued mask-wearing and physical distancing as well.”

    As of March 23, more than 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Pima County, and 200,000 people have been fully vaccinated. The County has surpassed its goal of administering 300,000 doses by the end of March.

    For all of the registration options in Pima County or to get more information about who is currently eligible for an appointment, visit our COVID-19 vaccine information page

    To schedule an appointment at the State supported vaccination site, visit Arizona Department of Health Services portal to schedule an appointment.

    For questions about registration or help with the registration process, you can also call Pima County Health Department’s registration support line at 520-222-0119, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.