TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Getting everyone in Arizona the COVID-19 vaccine who wants one is no small undertaking.
“As we’re watching around the country, this is a monumental task,” said Dr. Cara Christ, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Right now, most counties are still just vaccinating the first group: Phase 1A, which is primarily frontline health care workers and long-term care residents and staff. Last month, as we started the vaccination process, Dr. Christ said she hoped to start Phase 1B in early January.
That is happening in a couple of counties; however, for most of us, Dr. Christ expects it to begin mid-to-late January. With thousands of vaccines sitting on shelves, many of you are now asking --- what’s the hold up?
“Our PODs we’re getting used to, identifying the health care workers making sure that they were health care workers for the most part,” said Dr. Christ. “We continue to learn but we also identified that we need additional locations where people can go get vaccinated, verses just having a few smaller areas to go get vaccinated.”
The good news is, Dr. Christ says this week we will be able to vaccinate more people than before by adding more places of distribution.
“We’ll never be satisfied with where we are until it is all distributed but we are working with our local health departments to expand the access,” she said. “You know, looking across the country we’re not last. We’re not in the last group. I think everyone is figuring this out as we go.”
To follow along with Arizona’s vaccination rate as well as other states, you can check out the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker: https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/covid-vaccine-tracker-global-distribution/