Doses Received: 7,275
Doses Administered: 5,643
Doses Received: 602,625
Doses Administered: 208,391
The Coconino County COVID-19 Response Team began administering the COVID-19 vaccine at the Fort Tuthill County Park vaccination site:
2446 Fort Tuthill Loop
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
January 13, 2021
The Trump administration announced on January 12, 2021 the plan to release additional doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to states to expand vaccinations to individuals age 65 and older.
Moments after sending a news release about the County awaiting guidance from Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) on this matter, ADHS announced the inclusion of those individuals as priority populations within Phase 1b.
Although the release of additional vaccine will result in increased future allocations, Coconino County continues to have limited supplies of COVID-19 vaccine at this time. All vaccine doses in Coconino County are matched with already booked appointments. There are currently no available appointments for vaccinations at the Fort Tuthill vaccination site. Additional appointment times will be added when more vaccine supplies are received.
Coconino County is currently vaccinating those eligible individuals in Phase 1a and priority populations within Phase 1b. Healthcare providers are included in Phase 1a, and priority populations within Phase 1b include education and childcare workers, law enforcement and protective services, and individuals age 75 and older. Those aged 65 and older are now being added to the County’s priority populations within Phase 1b and are eligible for vaccination when vaccine supplies allow.
Individuals who qualify for the current Phase 1a and priority populations within Phase 1b eligibility are encouraged to check the County’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage at coconino.az.gov/covid19vaccine frequently as appointments could become available if cancellations occur. Links to partner COVID-19 vaccination sites are included and may have appointment availability. Partner agencies are also experiencing limited vaccine supply and may not yet have availability for this added priority group.
“We are following the guidance from ADHS regarding Phase 1b eligible priority groups and are allocating additional vaccine accordingly when it becomes available,” said Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) Interim Director Kim Musselman.
“For many, the vaccine represents hope; hope for a return to normalcy, hope for human connection, hope for the future. I know it is hard to wait for vaccine availability, especially when you are considered a priority population that is eligible to receive the vaccine. The vaccine certainly represents hope to me and my fellow supervisors for the sake of our community and our residents. We place our hope in science, medicine, and technology and we continue to place our hope in each other. We ask the residents of Coconino County for patience as we advocate for additional vaccine supply,” said Chairman Matt Ryan.
Coconino County Health and Human Services continues to recommend the following actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses:
The community is encouraged to check Coconino County’s vaccine webpage at coconino.az.gov/covid19vaccine for updates and information. Individuals without Internet access and who require assistance can call the COVID-19 Information Line at 928-679-7300.
January 12, 2021
Approximately six hours after Coconino County moved to allow priority populations within Phase 1b to make COVID-19 vaccination appointments at its Fort Tuthill vaccination site on Jan. 8, all 1,600 available appointments were booked.
Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) and vaccination partner organizations are working to ensure the swift administration of the available COVID-19 vaccine. The community continues to demonstrate a high level of interest in getting vaccinated; however, the available supply of the COVID-19 vaccine remains limited.
“After allowing Phase 1a eligible individuals to schedule their vaccination appointments, more than 1,500 slots remained available for first doses. Coconino County made the strategic decision to move to priority populations within Phase 1b to ensure the vaccine is being used rather than allowing precious doses to wait in a freezer. While I know it is frustrating for those who want a vaccine but were unable to book an appointment, there will be additional opportunities to receive a vaccination soon when more supplies become available,” said Interim Director of Health and Human Services Kim Musselman.
Individuals who qualify for the current Phase 1a and priority populations within Phase 1b eligibility are encouraged to check the County’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage at coconino.az.gov/covid19vaccine frequently as appointments could become available if cancellations occur. Links to partner COVID-19 vaccination sites are included and may have appointment availability.
Individuals within Phase 1a including healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents and staff continue to be eligible to receive vaccinations. Additionally, through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program, CDC has engaged retail pharmacy partners (CVS and Walgreens) to secure vaccine and provide on-site vaccination of residents and staff at no cost to the facility. Skilled Nursing Facilities residents and staff will receive the vaccine first, followed by Assisted Living and other adult congregate settings. This program’s process and allocation is separate and outside of Coconino County’s jurisdiction and is operating on a different timeline than the County at-large.
CCHHS is working to add partner vaccine sites and to plan specific vaccination events for persons 75 years or older. Information will be provided as it becomes available. As vaccine availability increases and the current priority groups have received vaccine doses, vaccination recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will expand to include more groups.
Definitions of priority populations within Phase 1b are:
Vaccinations for other essential workers and adults with high-risk conditions in congregate settings are also in Phase 1b but are not included in one of the three priority populations mentioned above due to limited vaccine supply. Eligibility for those groups will open at a later time.
The Arizona Department of Health Services announced the opening of a vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ. All eligible Arizona Phase 1a and 1b priority individuals can schedule an appointment at the Statewide Vaccination Site at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, regardless of county of residence. Registration is available at https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/.
Vaccine supplies are being allocated to ensure the availability of second doses. Those seeking second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine should seek vaccination at the same site where they received the first dose. Instructions for registering for second dose appointments are provided during an individual’s first vaccine appointment.
Individuals without internet access and those aged 75 years and older who require assistance with registration can call the COVID-19 Information Line at 928-679-7300.
For current information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Coconino County, the phases of vaccine distribution and locations as well as frequently asked questions, please visit www.coconino.az.gov/covid19vaccine.
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