Pima County: COVID-19 vaccine rollout could slow down if demand exceeds supply

Health District still waiting to receive more COVID-19 vaccines
Health District still waiting to receive more COVID-19 vaccines
Updated: Jan. 12, 2021 at 5:21 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - As Pima County moves into its next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations, officials worry the number of doses may not be enough. And if a larger supply is not provided, county vaccination sites would have to close down or reduce operating hours while more doses become available.

Officials say vaccination capacity is expected to exceed the present vaccine supply set to be provided to the county by the state, which is an estimated 12,000 doses per week.

“As we increase capacity to match vaccine, we will need an additional 20,000 doses per week through the balance of January; an additional 30,000 doses per week through February; and an additional 40,000 per week in March,” wrote County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry in the County’s Accelerated Immunization Plan.

The next group in line to receive the vaccine is Phase 1B. According to the county, this population is estimated anywhere from 275,000 to 325,000 individuals.

The county says it plans to complete vaccinations in this phase by the end of March.

Banner North, Tucson Medical Center, Kino Stadium, the University of Arizona and the Tucson Convention Center are set to be mass vaccination sites in Pima County. And a Rillito vaccination site is planned to begin administering doses in late January or early February.

These sites could potentially be affected by the insufficient vaccine supply.

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