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PINAL COUNTY COVID VACCCINE – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Pinal County was allowed to order Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. On December 9, 2020, Pinal County ordered 10,000 doses, the maximum allowed during our first allotment. Pinal County has approximately 8,000 healthcare workers, which are in the first group to be vaccinated. The shipments started arriving December 21st with the full allotment arriving by December 24th.
  • Pinal County Public Health began vaccinating healthcare providers on December 23rd at a secure location. The county is notified, at times weekly, when more vaccine can be ordered in the amount allowed by the CDC and the state. The amounts are based on population.
  • Community partners such as hospitals and other healthcare organizations or providers were notified in September there was an application process known as “onboarding” through ADHS in order for agencies to be able to vaccinate persons in their communities. ADHS then approved sites based on several criteria such as whether or not adequate temperature monitoring for vaccines was in place.
  • Pinal County Public Health was then allowed to “allocate” doses to public health as well as other community providers based on the number of doses they indicated they could store/administer. In this first allotment, Pinal Public Health allocated doses among those who had “onboarded” prior to December 9, 2020. More community partners are currently going through the “onboarding process” with ADHS.
  • These are the 1a, 1b and 1c groups listed on the Pinal Public Health Website. They are based on the CDC and state recommendations. (They may change if other guidelines are suggested).
  • As public health and our community partners who have “onboarded with ADHS” finish group 1a, healthcare providers we will move to group 1b. The 1b group is large and will be vaccinated systematically, by type such as law enforcement, education sector, critical infrastructure. As more vaccine arrives, the 1b groups will be notified via email listserves and provided further instructions.
  • As more vaccine arrives, when we get to the 1c group, (those 65 and older and adults with high risk medical conditions), locations for vaccination and the registration process will be posted on the Pinal public health covid website. As we move forward into the general population, vaccination sites and the registration process will be posted on the Pinal public health covid website.
  • You will receive your second dose. Please be reassured that a second allotment will automatically be sent to match the first dose.
COVID-19 Page

Public Health Director's Most Recent Updates:

  • September 27th Updates

    September 27, 2021 – 2:00 PM

    The CDC has updated the following information regarding the COVID-19 Pfizer booster shots:

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

    • September 24th Updates

      September 24, 2021 – 11:00 AM

      ADHS has released their news brief on the CDC's recommendations regarding booster doses, which also includes the updated recommendation from the CDC on high risk occupations and settings.

      Please see the following link:

      https://www.azdhs.gov/director/public-information-office/index.php#news-release-092421

      • September 23rd Updates

        September 23, 2021 – 5:00 PM

        Although it can be confusing, there is a difference in the words "third doses" and "booster doses."

        -Third doses are for "moderate to severely immunocompromised people" and these persons can receive either Moderna or Pfizer. The third dose can be given "at least 28 days after the second dose, or later." Ideally, the same vaccine would be administered as the third dose. For example if your first two doses were Moderna, your third dose would be Moderna.

        -Booster doses were voted on today (9/23/21) by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Booster doses are for particular groups of people described below. They are given at least 6 months after completion of the 2nd dose, or later. Booster doses ONLY pertain to PFIZER at this time.

        The following was voted on by ACIP:

        ACIP Vote #1
        -ACIP voted 15-0 to recommend “A single Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for persons age 65+ and long term care residents, at least 6 months after a primary series under FDA Emergency Use Authorization.”

        ACIP Vote #2
        -ACIP voted 13-2 to recommend “A single Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for persons aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions, at least 6 months after primary series under FDA Emergency Use Authorization.”

        ACIP Vote #3 Interim Recommendation:
        -ACIP voted 9-6 to recommend “A single Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for persons based on individual benefit and risk who are aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions, at least 6 months after primary series under FDA Emergency Use Authorization.”

        If you are looking for vaccine locations, please check the website vaccines.gov or the ADHS website https://www.azdhs.gov/covid19/vaccines/index.php#find-vaccines Or call ADHS at 1-844-542-8201 (Select Option 8). At this number, ADHS also has vaccine navigators that can help you. If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to call the public health department at 1-866-960-0633.

        • September 15th Updates

          September 15, 2021 – 2:00 PM

          The CDC has updated a site that provides parental resources to help children, teens and young adults with social, emotional and mental health challenges that may have been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

          Check out the site for several creative, age-group specific resources:

          https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/stress-coping/parental-resources/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fdaily-life-coping%2Fparental-resource-kit%2Findex.html

          In other news, the FDA will hold an advisory committee meeting on September 17, 2021 to discuss Pfizer-BioNTech’s application for a COVID-19 booster. We will provide an update once the FDA issues a formal press release on the results of the meeting.

          • September 8th Updates

            September 8, 2021 – 1:00 PM

            The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed Mu, also known as B. 1.621, as a "variant of concern." WHO is monitoring the new coronavirus variant, as they state it has been “identified to cause significant community transmission or multiple COVID-19 clusters, in multiple countries." Reportedly, Mu spread quickly over time in South America. All viruses change over time and new variants are expected to occur. At this time, the Delta variant is thought to account for the larger share of cases in Pinal County.

            Please see the following WHO link for more on COVID variants:

            https://www.who.int/en/activities/tracking-SARS-CoV-2-variants/

            • August 30th Updates

              August 30, 2021 – 9:00 AM

              Pinal County Public Health has been receiving questions about how to schedule for the COVID-19 booster shots that various media sources reported may be rolled out in September. To clarify, the FDA issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for a “third dose” of mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) for moderately to severely immunocompromised persons.

              These can be scheduled by finding the closest location to you using the link below (At this ADHS link, be sure to select the arrow to the left of the screen to select the type of vaccine):

              https://www.azdhs.gov/covid19/vaccines/index.php#find-vaccines

              At this time, there is no FDA emergency use authorization (EUA) for a “booster shot.” Therefore, no appointments for booster shots are being scheduled at this time. We will notify as soon as we hear about whether “booster shots” have received EUA and at that time, advise on how to schedule. Thank you.

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