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UArizona vaccine pod opens registration for Arizonans 16 and up Wednesday

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PHOENIX (KVOA) - Individuals 16 and older will be allowed to register for a COVID-19 vaccination at Arizona's state-operated COVID-19 vaccination sites in Maricopa, Pima and Yuma counties starting Wednesday, according to Monday's announcement by Gov. Doug Ducey.

Back on Jan. 14, Pima County officially moved into Phase 1B of its vaccination distribution plan, vaccinating population groups including protective services workers; K-12, university and community college educators; childcare workers; and adults 75 and older.

While much of Arizona lowered the age range to include people 65 and older in correlation to Gov. Doug Ducey's push in January, Pima County initially elected to exclude this group from priority due to the amount of vaccine the department had on hand to distribute.

After Ducey announced Arizona's new hybrid model for COVID-19 vaccine prioritization, Pima County began expanding its vaccination coverage, allowing Arizonans 55 and older and frontline essential workers to sign up for a vaccine appointment March 12.

Amid recent reports of the lowest COVID-19 figures in months, Ducey shared that the state-run facilities will begin accepting registration for all Arizonans 16 and older starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

“Our goal has been and remains to get vaccine into the community as quickly, widely and equitably as possible,” Ducey said. “Given a thorough review of vaccination data, anticipated vaccine supply, and current demand among prioritized groups, now is the time to take this critical next step.”

In Pima County, the state currently operates one vaccine distribution center located at 1737 E. University Blvd. at the University of Arizona.

UArizona's vaccination pod currently runs from 10 a.m and 10 p.m seven days a week. When more vaccine is available for distribution, the site is expected to expand its operation hours to 24/7.

When eligible, Arizonans can sign up for a vaccine at this site by visiting podvaccine.azdhs.gov or calling 1-844-542-8201.  

“We anticipate more and more vaccine reaching Arizona heading into April, making it possible now to expand prioritization,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “We have been flexible and nimble throughout, while expanding the availability of state sites to vaccinate large numbers of people rapidly.” 

As of Monday morning, Arizona has administered 2,904,159 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 1,831,456 individuals. Of those, 1,136,413 are fully vaccinated.

Pima County has not yet released a response to Ducey's recent announcement.

On Tuesday, ADHS reported 507 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the overall state total to 837,244 positive cases. The state also reported 53 death, bringing the death toll to 16,798.

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