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Arizona Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility to All

Arizonans age 16 and up can be vaccinated at state sites

Registration at Arizona’s state-operated COVID-19 vaccination sites in Maricopa, Pima and Yuma counties will be open to all Arizonans 16 and older beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services announced today.

“Our goal has been and remains to get vaccine into the community as quickly, widely and equitably as possible,” said Governor Ducey. “Given a thorough review of vaccination data, anticipated vaccine supply, and current demand among prioritized groups, now is the time to take this critical next step.”

As of this morning, Arizona has administered 2,904,159 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 1,831,456 individuals, including 1,136,413 who are fully vaccinated. As of Monday morning, there were over 58,000 appointments still available from Friday’s release.

The change announced today advances a hybrid approach that had been based on age and also has had counties vaccinating frontline essential workers. It applies to appointments still available for this week at state sites in Maricopa and Pima counties.

“We anticipate more and more vaccine reaching Arizona heading into April, making it possible now to expand prioritization,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “We have been flexible and nimble throughout, while expanding the availability of state sites to vaccinate large numbers of people rapidly.”

ADHS now opens appointments at 11 a.m. each Friday for State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona State University’s Phoenix Municipal Stadium in Tempe, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, the University of Arizona in central Tucson, and, as of this Friday, Yuma Civic Center in Yuma County.

State sites complement county vaccination programs and the growing availability of vaccine at pharmacies and federally qualified health centers participating in federal vaccination programs. Sites using the Pfizer vaccine, including those run by the state, can vaccinate those 16 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines, which are allocated to counties, are approved for those 18 and older.

Information about all vaccination sites across Arizona can be found at azhealth.gov/findvaccine. Those without computer access or needing extra help registering can call 1-844-542-8201 to be connected with someone who can assist. Note: You can use the patient portal at podvaccine.azdhs.gov to make an appointment for a relative.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination, please visit azdhs.gov/COVID19Vaccines.

Virtual Community Budget Hearings

The city will be hosting virtual community Budget Hearings to gather valuable public input. It is an opportunity for the public to let the Council know what is important to them and where funding should be allocated. The dates were just announced, so I wanted to make sure to provide advance notice.

The City Manager will present his Trial Budget to the Council on March 16, and that will be followed by the public input process to further shape the budget. 

We are in District 3.  Our Hearing date/time is:  April 8 @ 8:30 a.m

You’ll see on the graphic that the meetings indicate a meeting type (council district, youth, seniors, Spanish, etc.), but each of the meetings is open to any member of the public and will have an interpreter available. 

I’ll be sending more information in the next couple of weeks. The registration and links will be available March 29 at phoenix.gov/budget.

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FREE COVID-19 tests at Shadow Mountain Senior Center – March 6
 The Mobile Testing Van #2 will be at the Shadow Mountain Senior Center on March 6. Phoenix’s Van #2 offers FREE COVID-19 antigen testing with rapid results, as well as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing with results emailed to the individual in 1-2 days for added assurance. There are no out-of-pocket-costs for individuals, with or without medical insurance.

While Van #1’s goal is to make COVID-19 testing accessible to Phoenix’s underserved communities, Van #2 will focus on bringing accessible testing to areas in the city considered to be “hot spots,” or areas that are showing a higher incidence of reported COVID-19 cases.

Saturday, March 6
7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Shadow Mountain Senior Center

3546 E. Sweetwater Ave.

Register: premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix

For all testing locations citywide of Mobile Van #1 and #2, visit phoenix.gov/covidtesting.