TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Several KOLD viewers reached out to our Fact Finders team to ask how they can sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Wendi Redman investigated and found out there are a few options, but below is one way you can do it online.
There is a Patient Portal Dashboard on the Arizona Department of Health Services website. The link is https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/
First, make sure you are eligible to get the vaccine now or in the near future.
The state took guidance from the federal government and put residents into several groups/phases to make sure those most at-risk would get priority.
First up were health care workers and people in long-term care facilities, a group named 1A. The state in late January will start vaccinating Group 1B, which includes education/childcare workers along with residents 75 years old and up.
It may take several weeks for everyone in Group 1B who wants the vaccine to get it. After that, Group 1C (residents 65 years old and up, adults with high-risk medical conditions and adults living in group or communal homes) will go.
Group 1C will mark the end of the first phase of vaccine distribution. According to the state, Phase 2 will start some time in the spring/summer and include heath care workers not in 1A, additional high-risk groups and then the general population.
Get on a computer and go to https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/ We have been told the site does not support mobile phones at this time.
If you have an account, click on the red login button. If you are new to the site, click on the “Not a user? Create a new Account here” button.
After signing up for and verifying your account, you’ll want to indicate if you are scheduling an appointment for just yourself or for your family members as well.
The next step is to chose your vaccine.
The website will then ask for your contact and insurance information.
COVID-19 vaccines are free in Arizona and you don’t need medical insurance. But if you do have insurance, there is an administration fee that will be billed to your insurance.
You will then get a chance to find a date and location for your vaccine. Put in your zip code and preferred date, and the website will show you what’s available.
Once you choose a time and confirm the appointment, you will have to answer some health screening questions.
After booking your vaccination, you will receive a confirmation email. It will include a QR code that you should take with you to the appointment.
If you are unable to make an appointment it could be because all the spots are taken or because your phase has not yet started. To check where you are in the queue, go to https://directorsblog.health.azdhs.gov/vaccine-prioritization-in-arizona/
Here is a link to more detailed directions for the Vaccine Management Patient Portal: https://www.azdhs.gov/documents/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/novel-coronavirus/vaccine/patient-portal-user-guide.pdf