PIMA COUNTY, Ariz. (KVOA) - Pima County expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility Friday to include frontline essential workers and people age 55 and older.
Under the previous phase, those age 65 and older, healthcare workers, educators, and protective service workers were eligible to register.
People are considered high risk frontline essential workers if they work in-person, onsite and in close proximity to the public, within 6 feet of other people, such as the public or co-workers and work in one of the following industries:
- Food and Agriculture
- Grocery/Convenience Stores (and Carnicerias)
- U.S. Postal Service
- Public transit (buses, light rail, Uber, Lyft, taxis)
- State and local government workers
Members of these categories can begun registering Friday at 9 a.m.
Currently, most appointments set for the large county-supported vaccination sites will be for scheduling in April.
The county says its working with utility companies to provide the vaccine to staff identified as "critical" for utilities, such as water, gas, and electric.
Despite a recent increase in doses, the county says supply may not be able to keep up with the initial demand after adding theses new eligibility guidelines. As more supply comes in the qualifications for the essential worker category will expand.
As of Wednesday, more than 323,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Pima County, and 130,000 people have been fully vaccinated, according to county officials.
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.