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Pima County moving into 1B distribution, unvaccinated 1A people are concerned

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PIMA COUNTY (KVOA) - As Pima County starts to transition into Group 1B for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Group 1A is still not done.

People have been reaching out asking News 4 Tucson, "Why is the county moving on when there are still hundreds left in 1A?"

News 4 Tucson spoke with some people in long term care facilities who said they still haven't received the shot as we're just days away from 1B vaccinations.

A representative from Banner said the process for 1A and 1B are completely different. For nursing homes or long term care facilities, the county has enlisted CVS and Walgreens to administer the vaccine on-site.

Even though Pima County is transitioning to the 1B category, 1A vaccinations aren't going to stop. Simply put, health officials will not pull vaccines out of 1A and use them on 1B.

News 4 Tucson spoke with a woman who's 93-year-old mother is in a long term care facility in Southern Arizona.

She asked to remain anonymous. She said the facility has heard limited information to nothing from the health department. She said it's frustrating and is a waiting game.

"They're waiting, they make calls every week, they make calls to the health department, " the concerned daughter said. "They contact CVS and they are getting no time frame it's a big group and get it scheduled or press the providers. If the pharmacy won't serve you, it seems like we need to bypass the system that is not working."'

News 4 Tucson reached out to the Health Department for comment, but they were not available.

Austin Walker

Austin is a Reporter at KVOA News 4 Tucson. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in May of 2020.

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