COVID-19 Vaccine - Phase 1A
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- PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT: Please bring two things to your vaccine appointment: 1) your appointment confirmation email, email with QR code (ADHS site), and 2) a form of ID confirming your healthcare employment, such as a work ID or paystub. Please be sure to check your appointment time and do not drive to a site as a walk-in. Registration and appointments are required.
Healthcare Workers and EMS
On Dec. 1st, the CDC Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to approve the recommendation of frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facility staff & residents as priority groups to receive initial doses of vaccine once it is approved by the FDA.
Per ACIP, health care workers are paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. For Phase 1A, this includes individuals providing patient care in settings such as:
- Long-term care facilities*
- Emergency medical services
- Outpatient clinics
- Home health care
- Public health
- Education (e.g., school nurses and healthcare personnel)
*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, 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. Note: Healthcare workers in these settings interested in receiving vaccine should first check with their employer to see if they will be vaccinated through this program.
Make An Appointment
Due to the initial limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine, Maricopa County is partnering with local healthcare systems and municipalities to operate drive-through Point of Dispensing (POD) sites across the county. This allows us to vaccinate as many people as possible in a safe and efficient manner. All Maricopa County POD sites are operated by certified medical staff and volunteers.
Healthcare workers can go our locations page and search for any available appointments.
Frequently Asked Questions
For answers to questions regarding eligibility, scheduling, and other vaccine topics, please see the full COVID-19 FAQs.
About the Vaccine
Safety is a top priority in delivering a COVID-19 vaccine. Once a company develops a vaccine, it must go through a rigorous scientific testing process before it can be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA independently reviews the information from these tests to make sure the vaccine is safe and works well, and then decides whether the vaccine can be licensed and made available to the public.
According to clinical trial data reviewed by the FDA, the most commonly reported side effects, which typically last several days, are pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose, so it is important for vaccination providers and recipients to expect that there may be some side effects after either dose, but even more so after the second dose.
Please see the vaccine safety sheets below for important information about vaccines currently approved for emergency use by the FDA. You will receive information about what vaccine you've received when you're vaccinated so that you can schedule your second dose from the same manufacturer 3 to 4 weeks after your first dose. Vaccines are not interchangeable.
- FDA Vaccine Fact Sheet for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
- FDA Fact Sheet for Moderna Vaccine
- CDC's V-Safe After Vaccination Health Checker (PDF)
After a vaccine is authorized for use, multiple safety monitoring systems are in place to watch for possible adverse events. If an unexpected serious adverse event is detected, experts work as quickly as possible to determine whether it is a true safety concern.
For additional information:
- FAQs About COVID-19 Vaccination (CDC)
- Understanding COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines (CDC)
- What is Emergency Use Authorization? (FDA)
You will receive a vaccination record that shows which vaccine you received and when so you are able to track which vaccine you need for your second dose and when you will need to receive the second dose.
Vaccinating Long-Term Care Facility Residents & Staff
- Major pharmacies will vaccinate long-term care staff and residents through a federal pharmacy program.
- Facilities that are not part of the federal pharmacy program can submit their information to MCDPH to request alternative support for vaccinating staff and residents. Only facilities that are not enrolled with Walgreens or CVS are eligible for the Maricopa County program, regardless of facility type.
- Confirm your facility’s registration by using these lists:
- If you registered your facility but do not see it on either list:
- The Maricopa County list contains only facilities that registered through last week. If you registered this week, please check back next week.
- The Maricopa County list does not yet contain behavioral health facilities or facilities not licensed by ADHS. We are working to add those.
- The Federal Pharmacy list was provided to us directly by ADHS. MCDPH is not the final arbiter of this list. If you have any questions about your status with respect to the Federal Pharmacy Program, please refer to the information in our FAQ.
Eligible Facilities for Phase 1A
- skilled nursing facilities,
- nursing homes,
- intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities,
- assisted living facilities (residential long-term care facilities assisting and supervising primarily elderly residents in daily living activities and independent living skills),
- assisted living facilities where independent living residents share a physical hallway with assisted living residents,
- licensed adult foster care homes,
- DES group homes,
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program,
- Independent living residents of CCRCs whose assisted living/memory care facilities are co-located and enrolled in the Maricopa County program, if vaccine availability allows
Ineligible Facilities for Phase 1A
- Private individual homes (i.e., not a congregate living facility),
- adult day care facilities,
- standalone independent living facilities,
- facilities exclusively for children or adolescents,
- psychiatric rehabilitation or behavioral treatment facilities,
- drug or alcohol rehabilitation centers.
- independent low-income housing (with the exception of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program, which is included),
- domestic violence shelters,
- convents or churches,
- correctional facilities
- home health programs
- facilities that do not have residents who want to be vaccinated
Frequently Asked Questions
We are unable to provide a scheduled date to all 800+ facilities. We understand that it is difficult for families to remain patient. If we had unlimited vaccine, it would be different, but the amount of vaccine we receive varies unpredictably from week to week. We don’t want to schedule hundreds of facilities and then be forced to cancel.
Currently our vaccination teams are contacting facilities about 1-2 weeks in advance, in order to allow enough time to obtain consent and complete paperwork prior to the vaccination date.
No, there is nothing else that you need to do.
- Once facilities register online, they go through a “vetting” process where we confirm eligibility for Phase 1A, check to make sure there is no missing information, and also check to make sure it isn’t a duplicate entry.
- After verification, the information is forwarded to our pool of vaccination partner teams to be scheduled.
- Each vaccination team is responsible for their own scheduling and paperwork. They will contact you when they know they have sufficient staff and sufficient vaccine, about 1-2 weeks in advance of your date. They will also confirm the numbers of residents and staff and talk you through the rest of the process when they call to set up a date.
No. We understand that it’s difficult to wait. However, facilities should NOT sign up repeatedly.
Because our vaccination teams are trying to get to those who have been waiting the longest, signing up repeatedly provides you with no advantage – we consider the first date registered.
No. The Maricopa County program is designed to assist only those facilities who did not register with the Federal Pharmacy Program.
If your facility previously registered for the CDC Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program with CVS and Walgreens, but has been notified your facility is ineligible for vaccination coverage:
- Please visit the CDC website to review eligibility requirements HERE.
- After reviewing the requirements, if you still believe that your facility meets the eligibility requirements of the program, but you have been unable to schedule a vaccination clinic with CVS or Walgreens, please contact HEOC_vaccine@azdhs.gov
If you are unsure whether your facility previously registered for the CDC Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program with CVS and Walgreens or unsure if your facility is enrolled in the Federal CDC Partnership:
- Email HEOC_vaccine@azdhs.gov to verify whether the facility is enrolled.
- Search the registration list by clicking the link in the bullet below to check to see if your facility is enrolled. As a reminder, enrollment for this program is closed.
If your facility did not previously register for the CDC Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program with CVS and Walgreens:
- We encourage you to sign up with Maricopa County Vaccination Program for Long-term Care and Residential facilities using the link above.
We recommend that residents of independent living facilities not co-located with higher levels of care seek vaccination at one of the locations offering vaccine to prioritized 75+ individuals and individuals ages 65-74. Independent living organizations may also work with a provider or collaborate with other nearby agencies to host their own event.
Future Planning for Other Phase 1 Populations
The Arizona Vaccine and Antiviral Prioritization Advisory Committee (VAPAC) met Dec. 28th to make its recommendations PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF for prioritization of vaccine to populations beyond 1A in Arizona. This built upon previously released recommendations by the CDC's ACIP COVID-19 Vaccines Work Group. Read how Arizona's vaccine will be allocated in the coming phases to prioritized groups here Version OptionsCOVID-19 Vaccine - Phase 1AHeadline PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF Future Planning for Other Phase 1 Populations PDF PDF Future Planning for Other Phase 1 Populations PDF Future Planning for Other Phase 1 Populations PDF Future Planning for Other Phase 1 Populations Future Planning for Other Phase 1 Populations PDF Future Planning for Other Phase 1 Populations PDF Future Planning for Other Phase 1 Populations PDF Future Planning for Other Phase 1 Populations PDF Future Planning for Other Phase 1 Populations PDF .