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Pima County Health Department fills more than 20K COVID-19 vaccine appointments in less than 2 hours

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TUCSON (KVOA) - More than 20,000 people signed up to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase IB Thursday.

All available appointments have been taken.

Pima County Health officials released a statement calling the registration response "tremendous". They also acknowledged that people are having trouble finding a spot with the county's vaccine registration portal.

According to Pima County, more appointments will become available as the county confirms increased distribution with the state.

When registration reopens you can register at pima.gov.covid19vaccine or by calling 520.594.5684. This phone number this only open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The 1B priority group includes, people 75 and older, essential workers, such as, law enforcement officers, firefighters and other emergency response staff, teachers and child care workers.

Vaccination Phases Chart

Group 1B is the largest segment to fill in Pima County, with nearly 300,000 people.

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Drive-thru vaccination sites started last month and will expand to include new locations in the next few weeks.

News 4 Tucson asked Arizona Department of Health Services if they are going to add a 24-hour vaccination site in Pima County, as they did at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. AZHS responded saying, “We don't at this time plan to open a similar vaccination site in Pima County because of plans the county has shared for expanding vaccine distribution there.”

According to Pima County, the overall goal of accelerated immunization plan is to get 750,000 people vaccinated in 6 months. This will bring Pima County to herd immunity.

Everyone in Pima County is encouraged to get the vaccine, but if you have recently had COVID-19, then it is OK to wait a few weeks before getting vaccinated and let others who haven't get vaccinated first.

Stay with News 4 Tucson as we continue to cover the latest updates of the coronavirus pandemic. Visit kvoa.com/thecoronavirus for the latest news.

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