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Pima County reviewing plan after Arizona lowers vaccine age cutoff to 65

TUCSON (KVOA) - Health departments across Arizona are reevaluating its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan after state officials decided to lower the age range to 65 and older for people in the Phase 1B priority group.

On Tuesday, health officials advised states to immediately start vaccinating people who are 65 and older. Shortly after, the Arizona Vaccine and Antiviral Prioritization Advisory Committee advised the state to follow suit, adding an estimated 750,000 more Arizonans in its Phase 1B plan.

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With many counties beginning to enter the Phase 1B plan, the state originally planned to vaccinate the following groups under this plan.

  • Education and Childcare Providers
  • Law Enforcement/Protective Services
  • Adult Age 75 and Older
  • Adults Living in Congregate Settings
  • Other Essential Workers

According to state officials, Arizonans age 65 and older will be able to register for vaccine starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. To register, visit azhealth.gov.

When asked about the recent age adjustment, Pima County said they are "still reviewing the new guidance and haven’t yet determined how we will respond."

For more informaiton, visit azdhs.gov.

EDITOR'S NOTE: News 4 Tucson previously reported President Trump advised states to immediately start vaccinating people who are 65 and older. The recommendation came from CDC health officials.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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