PHOENIX (KVOA) – Frontline important employees and Arizonans 55 and older will quickly be eligible to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine after the state introduced that it’s going to implement a brand new COVID-19 vaccine prioritization hybrid mannequin on Monday.
Again on Jan. 14, Pima County formally moved into Section 1B of its vaccination distribution plan, vaccinating inhabitants teams together with protecting providers employees; Ok-12, college and neighborhood faculty educators; childcare employees; and adults 75 and older.
Whereas a lot of Arizona lowered the age vary to incorporate individuals 65 and older in correlation to Gov. Doug Ducey’s push in January, Pima County elected to exclude this group from precedence because of the quantity of vaccine the division had readily available to distribute.
After permitting individuals 70 and older to register for vaccine appointments on Feb. 4, Pima County Well being Division formally started permitting individuals between 65 and 69 to Section 1B precedence group to register to obtain the vaccine on Feb. 18.
On Monday, Ducey introduced that Arizona launched a hybrid mannequin for COVID-19 vaccine prioritization within the Phoenix Metro Space, permitting Arizonans 55 and older and frontline important employees to obtain the vaccine.
In keeping with the state, this new mannequin, which is able to permit native well being departments to transition to the 55-and-up age group, will “make sure the distribution of vaccine doses to people at excessive danger of extreme outcomes, together with hospitalization and loss of life, from COVID-19 as a result of age whereas permitting native well being departments to prioritize frontline important employees by way of employer-based vaccination methods.”
The division says the native well being departments could make this transition when “they attain 55 % of that age class vaccinated or really feel that there isn’t a longer demand for vaccine.”
“This vital replace gives extra readability for Arizonans and can lead to speedy administration of vaccine to our most weak populations,” the governor stated. “Persevering with to vaccinate older Arizonans towards COVID-19 will assist defend these in danger and canopy a majority of Arizonans with power medical circumstances. And, this hybrid strategy will guarantee an equitable distribution of vaccine to our entrance line employees who’re working with the general public on daily basis.”
As a result of drastic vaccine provide lower as a result of state rationing and the winter storm cargo delays in latest weeks, Pima County medical professionals are nonetheless vaccinating people within the 70 and up age class.
Nonetheless, beginning on Tuesday, ADHS will open roughly 50,000 vaccination appointments at State Farm Stadium and Phoenix Municipal Stadium at midday for people 55 and older for appointments beginning Thursday.
To register for an appointment, go to podvaccine.azdhs.gov or azhealth.gov/findvaccine, or name 1-844-542-8201.
Officers say the Grand Canyon State expects to obtain 50,000 to 60,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in early March after the FDA accredited the one-shot vaccine for emergency use on Saturday