TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - An estimated 750,000 more Arizonans are being prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine thanks to updated guidance, adding those 65 and older to populations that already include those 75 and older.
These additional Arizonans, age 65 and older, will be able to register for vaccine starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 in counties that are currently vaccinating those in prioritized in Phase 1B of vaccinations.
However, counties are able to prioritize based on vaccine availability, so it’s important to check on your county health department’s plans for vaccine prioritization. Information on the phase each county is currently vaccinating, the number of doses ordered by each county, and location of vaccination sites can be found at azhealth.gov/findvaccine.
Eighty-five percent of Arizona’s deaths from COVID-19 have been among those 65 and older. More than half of those hospitalized due to COVID-19 are in that age group.
To help accommodate the increased demand for expanding priority groups, the Arizona Department of Health Services plans to open a second state-run vaccination site on Monday, Feb. 1, at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. This won’t be a 24-hour-a-day site, and expected capacity will depend on vaccine availability. Registration for this vaccination site will opens on Jan. 19.
Groups prioritized to date include: frontline healthcare workers, emergency services workers, and residents and staff at long-term care facilities (in Phase 1A): and protective services workers, educators and childcare workers, and adults 75 and older (prioritized Phase 1B).
Those without computer access or needing extra help registering can call 1-844-542-8201 to be connected with someone who can assist. You can use the patient portal at podvaccine.azdhs.gov to make an appointment for a relative in a prioritized group, such as someone 75 and older.
Those scheduled for vaccination will need to show identification upon arrival to the vaccination site demonstrating they qualify for phases 1A or priority 1B.