County plans to prioritize individuals 85 and older during first week of Phase 1B vaccinations

Pima County releases its COVID-19 vaccination strategy

County plans to prioritize individuals 85 and older during first week of Phase 1B vaccinations
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Pima County has released its immunization plan for COVID-19 vaccinations, as many counties in Arizona begin to move forward in the next phase of inoculations.

Phase 1B is next in line. The group will be divided into two sub-groups: 1B-1 and 1B-2. The county estimates this population to range anywhere between 270,000 to 325,000 people.

Phase 1B-1 will prioritize adults 75 years of age and older, teachers, childcare workers and protective service workers. Phase 1B-2 will take care of essential workers and adults in congregate settings with high-risk conditions.

The county plans to prioritize adults 85 and older during the first week of Phase 1B. According to the county, this group has the highest mortality rate among all individuals, with an estimated population of 20,000 residents.

The county will then prioritize adults between 80-84 years of age during the second week of Phase 1B, and adults between 70-75 years of age during the third week.

Phase 1B is expected to last until the end of March.

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