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Getting Answers: Questions about 65-74 year age group registering for COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona

TUCSON (KVOA)- Many viewers who fall in the 65-74 year age group have emailed News 4 Tucson asking when and how they can register to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

This comes after the Arizona Department of Health Services announced Wednesday that people age 65 and older will be able to register for a COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday in counties that are currently vaccinating those in prioritized Phase 1B.

However, the state health department announced that counties are able to prioritize based on available vaccines.

In Pima County, the health department launched its own registration Thursday morning.

Currently, registration in Pima County is open for people that are 75 years old and older, prioritized essential workers and teachers/educators/childcare workers.

In regards to AZDHS's announcement about the 65 plus age group, PCHD's director Dr. Theresa Cullen released this statement: "Pima County has evaluated our COVID 19 data. People in the 75 and over age groups have higher rates of hospitalization and mortality. People 65 and over also experience a higher rate of hospitalization and mortality but not to the same extent. We have made a decision to limit our initial enrollment as we move into Stage 1B to people 75 and over, as well as protective service workers and education and childcare workers."

Pima County Health Department officials said that the 65-74 year old group will be at the bottom of the 1B priority list and are not able to sign up yet.

However, if you fall in the 65-74 year old age group, you can check other vaccine sites outside of Pima County to get a vaccine starting Tuesday at podvaccine.azdhs.gov.

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Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors weekdays at noon and 5 p.m.

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