Items of Interest
Public Health Director's Most Recent Updates:
January 26 Updates
January 26, 2021 - 10:00 AM
As the Frys Retail Program begins to receive federal COVID vaccine at various locations in Arizona, our webpage will be updated today with the Fry's link for scheduling an appointment: frysfood.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated
This will be the link used in the upcoming days. Some locations have not received their supply of vaccine yet and appointments may not available at this time.
When you are on Frys' website, please note you can put in any zipcode to see which Frys will vaccinate. Having tried the link, we noticed once you select the pharmacy location, be sure to click the box that comes up saying COVID-19 vaccine, in order to be taken to the page that says whether appointments are available.
January 25 Updates
January 25, 2021 - 5:00 PM
While this is starting to sound like a broken record, as the CDC reminded us this weekend, manufacturing very large quantities of vaccine takes time. The goal is for everyone who wants the vaccine to be able to easily get it. However, until large quantities are available there will be difficulty in getting appointments at local county vaccine locations. For clarification, Pinal County, like other local public health departments, is only allocated a certain amount weekly and we always order the maximum we are allowed.
We did get a slight increase in our order for next week which is a step in the right direction. Likewise, other promising information is that Johnson and Johnson may be getting closer to applying for Emergency Use Authorization of their COVID vaccine. It appears that the data from their clinical trials may be ready for scientific review at the end of January or beginning of February. While no exact dates are published, maybe another vaccine will also be available by the end of February.
January 22 Updates
January 22, 2021 - 2:00 PM
The Federal Pharmacy program (Frys and
Safeway/Albertsons) is tentatively scheduled to start in mid February. An exact
date is not yet known. The pharmacies that will be participating will be located on:
The pharmacy locations will also be listed on the
Pinal Public Health vaccine page once they let us know how people can schedule for the
January 21 Updates
January 21, 2021 - 6:00 PM
59 Fry's and Safeway/Albertsons pharmacy stores
will receive Moderna doses over the next week as part of the federal retail transfer program
and county allocation. Important items to note regarding retail pharmacies offering COVID-19
- Pharmacies that receive vaccine via the federal retail transfer program are intended to
target 65+ populations in addition to priority 1A and 1B-1 populations.
- Pharmacies that receive vaccine via a county allocation currently are targeting
as directed by the County (1A and 1B-1)
- The retail locations receiving vaccine will provide vaccinations on a first come first
served basis by appointment only, and more information regarding registration
and eligibility will be available on the Vaccine Finder map by location at azhealth.gov/findvaccine.
- The list of pharmacies in Pinal County, (identified by their corporate offices as sites
will administer vaccine through the federal allocation), will be listed tomorrow.
January 20th, 2021
January 20, 2021 - 4:30 PM
At this time, all appointments are fully booked for
the Public Health Clinics. As other community providers receive small shipments this week,
their registration links may open up on our Pinal County Public Health Covid Vaccine
Locations webpage. However, Pinal County was only allowed 3,500 new doses this week and some
shipments from this order have not yet arrived. Please – no walk-ins to the public health
If anyone is 75 and older, does not have internet access, and needs help to schedule
an appointment, please call the Central Appointment Desk for help at 1-866-960-0633.
Please understand due to limited vaccine supply, appointments may be several weeks out.
for your patience.
January 19, 2021
January 19, 2021 - 10:00 AM
We have been advised that the new ADHS state site
AT Phoenix Stadium (for which registration opened today) is for those 65-74 and does not
include those with high risk medical conditions.
Please note that Pinal County Public Health and our Community Partners who are vaccinating
are currently still vaccinating the 1A and 1B-1 groups only due to limited vaccine
For those in the 1B-2 that are ages 65-74 (which we
are not able
to accommodate yet), registration for a
State vaccine site begins today for appointments in February at the Phoenix Municipal
Stadium. The registration link to the state site is: podvaccine.azdhs.gov/For the ADHS state site in Phoenix and Glendale,
you can also call 1-844-542-8201 or call 211 to
schedule an appointment.
January 15, 2021
January 15, 2021 - 11:30 AM
Pinal County recognizes the vulnerabilities and needs of all persons in the 1a and 1b
categories. We have revised our early vaccination group to now include a 1B-1 and 1B-2
category. We are currently vaccinating the 1B-1 category. Limited vaccine supply to Pinal
County has contributed to the frustration for those attempting to get the vaccine. We have
received 15,800 doses to administer to over 75,000 people in the existing 1a/1b group. All
of these are accounted for.
A reminder - if you received dose#1 there is a matching dose#2 set aside for you so please
keep your appointments.
Once vaccine arrive, it is administered quickly or
scheduled for administration. It is a misrepresentation to the public to suggest that we
have vaccines to administer when the order we were allowed this coming week is only 3,500
doses. We are most grateful for the patience of those who understand this predicament.
Leadership is fighting to get more vaccines for our county.
Vaccine Priority Groups and Video
You can receive the vaccine based on if you live or
work in Pinal County for our COVID-19 Vaccination groups. The groups are below:
- 1A: Health Care Professionals (including EMS and Paramedic) and Long Term Care
- 1B-1: Persons 75 years and older, Essential Workers & Infrastructure. This
includes: Law Enforcement, Corrections Officers,
Education Sector, Food & Agriculture, Utilities, and Transportation.
- 1B-2: Adults with high risk medical conditions and Adults 65 to 74.
- 1C: Remainder of the population.
Please note this is a fluid situation that changes
information is provided by the CDC
Check out this video explaining how the COVID-19
PINAL COUNTY COVID VACCCINE – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Pinal County was allowed to order Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. On December 9, 2020, Pinal
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.
shipments started arriving December 21st with the full allotment arriving by December
- Pinal County Public Health began vaccinating healthcare providers on December 23rd at a
location. The county is notified, at times weekly, when more vaccine can be ordered in
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
notified in September there was an application process known as “onboarding” through
order for agencies to be able to vaccinate persons in their communities. ADHS then
sites based on several criteria such as whether or not adequate temperature monitoring
vaccines was in place.
- Pinal County Public Health was then allowed to “allocate” doses to public health as well
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
had “onboarded” prior to December 9, 2020. More community partners are currently going
the “onboarding process” with ADHS.
- These are the 1a, 1b and 1c groups listed on the Pinal Public Health Website. They are
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
healthcare providers we will move to group 1b. The 1b group is large and will be
systematically, by type such as law enforcement, education sector, critical
more vaccine arrives, the 1b groups will be notified via email listserves and provided
- As more vaccine arrives, when we get to the 1c group, (those 65 and older and adults
risk medical conditions), locations for vaccination and the registration process will be
on the Pinal public health covid website. As we move forward into the general
vaccination sites and the registration process will be posted on the Pinal public health
- You will receive your second dose. Please be reassured that a second allotment will
automatically be sent to match the first dose.