TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Pima County will move into Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccinations and open several new vaccination sites by the end of January. The announcement came in a news release on Thursday, Jan. 14.
TMC HealthCare, Banner, and the University of Arizona have all partnered with Pima County to make the changes needed to get residents vaccinated in a timely fashion.
Phase 1B of vaccinations means the following groups are now eligible for vaccinations:
- People 75 and older
- Protective service occupations (law enforcement, corrections, firefighters, and other emergency response staff)
- Education and childcare providers (K-12 and higher education teachers and all associated educational staff)
Vaccinations are slated to begin Friday at Tucson Medical Center for seniors over 75 years of age. Registration and scheduling for the other groups are expected early next week and vaccines will be available at Kino Sports Complex and Tucson Convention Center. Banner also will be converting its 1A vaccination site at the UA Cancer Center, 3838 N. Campbell Ave., to 1B on Jan. 15.
The Kino site, located at 2500 E. Ajo Way, will open Monday, Jan. 18, according to a news release from the county. The site will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Once fully operational, the site is expected to increase the county’s vaccination capacity by 1,600.
Seniors over 75 can register at the new Pima County vaccine site, or call 520-594-5684 for registration assistance (beginning at 1 p.m. Jan 14).
TMC has two options available for seniors: a drive-thru facility and an in-hospital vaccination clinic. The drive-thru vaccination site, in Lot 29 in the northwest corner of the complex, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. The hospital site, in the Marshall Conference Center on the east side, is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In accordance with the County’s accelerated COVID-19 vaccination plan, the County is in the process of establishing three other Regional Vaccination Centers, at Kino Sports Complex. Plans are in the works for another center at Rillito Regional Park and in Green Valley in early February.
Registration information for the other sites will be announced and made available on the Pima County website at a later time.
Only people with appointments can get vaccinated. Walk-ins are not accepted.