TUCSON (KVOA) - With COVID-19 cases surging across the nation, community members have found some solace after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine.
Now there is one main question on the minds of almost every American - when can I get my COVID-19 vaccine?
Here in Pima County, health care officials are carrying the vaccine distribution through a three-phase plan.
In each phase and sub-phase of the plan, residents who are a part of prioritized population groups will be allowed to register to receive two doses of the vaccine.
Since Dec. 31, community members under the Phase 1A section are allowed to register and receive the vaccine.
This group includes healthcare workers, healthcare support occupations, emergency medical services workers, and long-term care facility staff and residents.
To register under the Phase 1A priority group, click here.
Under Phase 1B, teachers, utility workers, food and transportation and people 75 and older will be allowed to register to receive the vaccine.
Phase 1B is expected to begin at the end of the week of Jan. 10.
To view the complete tentative plan, click here.
Adults older than 65 and adults of any age with high-risk medical conditions are in Phase 1C.
To register for the vaccine, call 520-222-0119 between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or visit pima.gov/covid19vaccine.
For more information, visit webcms.pima.gov.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs answered by Pima County Health Department
Are there walkup vaccines available at any of the open locations? If so, how does that work? (people have been complaining that they have appointments and are waiting 3-4 hours past their appointment time at the Kino location)
No walk ups. Everyone should have an appointment.
Are you requiring proof of employment for those who are under 75? One person well under 75 says they only had to provide their state-issued ID and no proof that he was an educator.
People are supposed to provide proof of employment, This is from the vaccine webpage:
K12 Teachers and Staff
Teachers and staff from K-12 schools are eligible and prioritized in Phase 1B.
Verification: Please bring proof of employment, such as an employee ID, pay stub, or letter from a family who utilizes your in-home services.
1B.1 Teachers, school personnel, and educators who do not have a proof of employment will NOT be able to proceed.
What are the wait times like at the open locations?
The Kino drive-thru center is about an hour. The others are less than 30 minutes
Is registration open for those 65-74 years old? Or will it be soon?
Pima County, at this time, is not yet expanding its current prioritization of Phase 1B to include people ages 65-74.
Once more vaccine becomes available and we are further along in our current 1B prioritization, we will expand to include 65 and over in Phase 1B.1. Registration for vaccination of people 65-74 is only available at state-operated locations (the current 24/7 site at State Farm Stadium and a site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium that opens Feb. 1).
Check eligibility and scheduling availability at AZDHS COVID-19 Vaccine Finder.
What is the projected timeline for phase 1C registration and vaccine availability?
We are not sure. It depends on the vaccine.
General information on childhood immunizations can be found at the CDC’s Vaccine Schedule webpage, and as immunizations vary by age groups, age-specific information can be found on the Vaccines by Age webpage. Find out more about Arizona requirements for Child Care and School settings and Special Populations, to include those individuals with chronic conditions, pregnant women, or health care workers.
Additional information on childhood immunizations can be found in the CDC’s Parent's Guide to Immunizations.
Where to Get Vaccines in Arizona
- The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI)
- Healthmap Vaccine Finder
- Are you Underinsured and looking for a location to receive VFC vaccine for the vaccines that are not covered by your private insurance? Take a look at the Deputized Provider List for a location near you.
Vaccine Schedules and Tools
- Vaccine Schedules and Tools Page for Children and Adolescents
This includes all vaccine information for children 0 to 18 years old.
- Vaccine Schedules and Tools for Adults 19+
Obtaining Copies of Immunization Records
Individuals who need to obtain a copy of immunization records (for yourself or for a minor child) should contact your provider's office or your local County Health Department. If you are unable to obtain a copy of the record from these locations, please complete the immunization records request form and fax or email the form along with proper identification to fax 602-364-3285 or ASIISHelpDesk@azdhs.gov and identify where you would like the immunization record to be sent. Records can be sent directly/electronically to child care facilities, schools, and provider offices as well as personal addresses.
For individuals for whom electronic access is not possible, please ask the Immunization Program staff for an alternative plan by dialing 602-364-3630.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides detailed travel guidance online regarding travel medicines, travel vaccines, and other travel-related health issues. This guidance can be found on the CDC Traveler’s Health webpage.
You will need to check with your healthcare provider about which travel-related vaccines or medicines they can provide for you. Clinics and providers in Arizona that are certified yellow fever vaccine sites will often be able to assist with travel counseling, travel vaccines, and travel-related medicines. You can call these different clinics to find out what services they offer, the cost of the needed medicines or vaccines, and which medicines and/or vaccines may be covered by your health insurance. Travel vaccines and information may also be found at various travel clinics in Arizona which can be found through a google search online.
For further questions about this information, you can call the Arizona Immunization Program Office at (602) 364-3630.
Vaccine Safety Reporting
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national vaccine safety surveillance program co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VAERS provides a nationwide mechanism by which adverse events following immunization may be reported, analyzed, and made available to the public. VAERS also provides a vehicle for disseminating vaccine safety-related information to parents and guardians, health care providers, vaccine manufacturers, state vaccine programs, and other constituencies.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The information from the ADHS is directly from its website. For more information, visit azdhs.gov.