Some Sun Cities residents are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but others will have to wait.
Registration is available for those 75 or older at the state’s COVID-19 vaccination site At State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale. Maricopa County moved into the 1B classification for vaccines, which includes adults 75 and older, adults living in congregate settings with high risk medical conditions, education and child care providers, law enforcement and other essential workers.
Those without computer access or needing extra help registering for a COVID-19 vaccination at State Farm Stadium can call 1-844-542-8201, according to Arizona Department of Health Services officials in a Jan. 11 press release. In addition, individuals creating an account on podvaccine.azdhs.gov/ can schedule an appointment on behalf of relatives or dependents through that account, which is recommended for those with older family members or family without access to a computer.
There are other locations to receive the vaccine, according to Holly Poynter, ADHS public information officer.
“While the onboarding and approval process for providers is ongoing, more than 70 initial vaccination sites were launched during Phase 1A,” she stated in an email. “Additional statewide sites will be phased in as supplies become available in January-March. Currently, Arizona has 600-plus providers that have been approved and are eligible to receive vaccine when these supplies become available.”
Visit azdhs.gov/findvaccine to find a provider.
“We’ll be adding to it in the coming days, including an interactive map, as counties move into Phase 1B,” Ms. Poynter stated. “We estimate all counties moving into Phase 1B by mid- to late-January and 1C by the end of February or early March. We do not require proof of vaccination.”
Ms. Pynter explained both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine require two doses either 21 or 28 days apart. While individuals will experience some protection after the initial dose, full protection won’t be established until 1-2 weeks after the second dose, she added.
“More research is needed to determine the frequency of vaccination, whether the vaccine will be a yearly vaccine or require booster immunizations,” Ms. Poynter stated.
Directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccine will be distributed in five phases, according to Jennifer Franklin, Maricopa County Joint Information center public information officer. Maricopa County is in Phase 1A and began Phase 1B this week.
“(The vaccination schedule) places the general public in Phase 2 and is expected to start in the spring or summer,” Ms. Franklin stated.