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Pima County prepares to enter Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine rollout – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 2021-01-14 08:54:43 –

Tucson, Arizona (KGUN) — Pima County will move to Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine, which will be rolled out on Friday, January 15.

“We believe we can meet these numbers thanks to the work we have done,” says Dr. Teresa Karen, director of health at Pima County.

Phase 1B priorities include those aged 75 and over, educators, and protection service providers. 1B has a priority of 150,000 residents of Pima County.

Dr. Francisco Garcia, Chief Health Officer of Pima County, said: “I know that people have a lot of anxiety and enthusiasm for getting vaccinated.

Pima County plans to start vaccination of more people at a faster rate. Authorities hope to open four new vaccination sites in addition to the current facilities at Tucson Medical Center and Banner North:

  • Banner South / Kino Stadium
  • Tucson Convention Center
  • University of Arizona
  • Rillito Racecourse

“We want the situation where we can’t get vaccinated to be not based on our ability to get vaccinated because of the lack of vaccines,” says Karen.

Pima County said the supply of COVID-19 vaccine was out of their control.

“It’s a big problem on the supply side,” Garcia said.

The supply of COVID-19 vaccine is controlled at the state and federal levels. Pima County officials said they would decide whether they could achieve the planned goals for Phase 1B and beyond.

“We wait for the problem to be resolved before making a plan, or make a plan now, hopefully provide convincing evidence to the federal government, and when vaccinations begin to be released. You can say that you should be vaccinated first, “Garcia said.



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