TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Just hours after Pima County launched its registration website for Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine early Thursday, Jan. 14, all reservations were booked.
The county said in just two hours, more than 20,000 residents booked appointments to receive the vaccine in the coming days.
The Pima County Health Department said more appointments will be available only when it receives more doses.
Phase 1B includes adults 75 years and older, prioritized essential workers, and educators and child care workers.
A lot of confusion came up when the state announced residents 65 would be included in Phase 1B.
While that is true for the state, it is not the case in Pima County.
The county said 65 and up would remain in Phase 1C, which likely won’t have its chance until March. But that timetable could change as the supply ramps up.
The Arizona Department of Health Services said residents 65 and up can sign up to get vaccinated starting 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. That group must to use the state website (https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/), not the Pima County one, and will have drive to Maricopa County to get the shot.
Pima County residents who fall in Phase 1B can register at https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=690372 A working email is required.
For Pima County, prioritized essential workers in Phase 1B include protective service occupations (law enforcement, corrections, firefighters, and other emergency response staff, 911 call center staff and trainees in high-risk settings).
Telephone assistance for non-Banner registration is available at 520-594-5684 Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Telephone assistance will be closed Jan. 18 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.