COVID-19 Vaccine - Phase 1B


Updates:

  • Maricopa County will not be expanding its current prioritization of Phase 1B eligible groups to include people age 65-74 at this time.  Once more vaccine becomes available and we are further along in our current 1B prioritization, we will expand to additional groups. 
  • Vaccination of people 65-74 is only available at state-operated POD locations (State Farm and Phoenix Municipal Stadium); however, as of 1/20, appointments at these sites are currently booked through February. Learn more.
  • There is no appointment availability at Maricopa County POD sites through January; all sites are fully booked with appointments. Select pharmacies are vaccinating those age 75 and older only. More appts. and sites will be included as additional vaccine is available/allocated. Check appointment availability..
  • For questions about the vaccine, scheduling, eligibility, and more, please see the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs.

On Monday, January 11th, we will open up vaccination scheduling at Point of Dispensing sites for Phase 1B prioritized individuals (see Who Can Be Vaccinated below).  

  • People in Phase 1B must have an appointment to get vaccinated. No walk-ins without appointments will be allowed at POD locations operated by Maricopa County.
  • People in both Phase 1A and Phase 1B will be able to register and search for any available appointments that are not already filled.
  • As operations are ramped up to support Phase 1B vaccination efforts, we anticipate more options for vaccination outside of POD sites will be available to prioritized groups soon. This may include vaccinations at pharmacies and primary care offices for those age 75 and older and employer-based vaccination events through providers who have onboarded through the ADHS COVID-19 vaccine provider onboard system.

During this time of limited vaccine availability, it is our highest priority to ensure every eligible, prioritized Maricopa County resident who wants to be vaccinated has access to do so, in the timeliest manner possible.  

Once vaccine becomes more widely available, our goal is to provide every resident the opportunity for a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Who Can Be Vaccinated in Phase 1B (Priority)

Eligible populations in Phase 1B prioritized are: 

  • Adults age 75 and older
  • K-12 school staff and childcare workers 
  • Law enforcement/protective services* 
  • Phase 1A populations

*This includes all sworn officers and government-employed security officers.

NOTE: On January 13, 2021, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced it was following updated federal guidance to expand Phase 1B priority to include ages 65-74 and would offer vaccination at state operated Point of Dispensing sites. Maricopa County does not yet have the supply of vaccine needed to vaccinate the estimated 400,000 people living in Maricopa County in this age group in addition to meeting the large vaccine demand for existing prioritized 1A and 1B groups. Once we get further along in this current phase, and vaccine supply increases, we will be able to expand our vaccination efforts to include those ages 65-74 and others remaining in Phase 1B.

At your appointment, please be prepared to show 1) your appointment confirmation, and 2) a form of ID confirming your Phase 1B employment, such as a work ID or paystub, or an ID that shows your age if you are 75+.

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Adults Age 75 and Older

Any adult age 75 or older is eligible and prioritized in Phase 1B.  

Verification: You will be asked to bring an ID that shows your date of birth   

Registration: To register, adults in this category can register online or complete the registration by phone. Whether registration is done online or over the phone, individuals will be asked a few questions to determine their eligibility.

Additional information about this sign-up process will be shared on this page in the coming days, so check back for more information. 

See available locations for adults age 75+ vaccine appointments

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School and Childcare Workers

Teachers and staff from K-12 schools and early child care centers are eligible and prioritized in Phase 1B. Home-based child care providers are also eligible if they provide care to 5 or more children who are not part of their household.  

Verification: Please bring proof of employment, such as an employee ID, pay stub, or letter from a family who utilizes your in-home services. 

Registration: We are working with school districts across the county to hold events specifically for school staff and childcare workers. This will help you be able to have specific days and times near you where you can get vaccinated along with others in this category. More information will be posted here this week (week of January 11). See the January 8th letter to school superintendents about coordinated events (PDF).

See available community locations for K-12 teachers/staff and childcare worker vaccine appointments

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Law Enforcement/Protective Services

Law enforcement officers and people who work in protective services are eligible and prioritized in Phase 1B. This includes all sworn officers and government-employed security officers. 

Verification: Please bring proof of employment, such as an employee ID or pay stub. 

Registration: To register, individuals in this category can register online. Individuals will be asked a few questions to determine their eligibility on the registration site. There will be no separate prescreen form to fill out. 

Additional information about this sign-up process will be shared on this page in the coming days, so check back for more information.  

If you are in this category, please first check with your employer before making an appointment using this system. Maricopa County is working with multiple jurisdictions to offer special vaccination events to individuals in this category, so your employer may have more information on other vaccine distribution plans for you based on your employment. 

See available locations for law enforcement vaccine appointments  

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Populations Eligible Later in Phase 1B

People age 65-74, adults living in congregate settings and essential workers not already eligible will be eligible for vaccination in Phase 1B after the prioritized Phase 1B groups.  

Some examples of essential workers who may be eligible in this phase include:

  • Food- and agriculture-related occupations
  • United States Postal Service workers
  • Transit workers

Once the eligible list is finalized and more information is available, updates will be posted here.  

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How to Make an Appointment

Starting Monday, January 11th,  anyone eligible in Phase 1B prioritized groups (see above) can begin to check appointment availability, along with those remaining from Phase 1A. Second dose appointments also will be ongoing using these systems.

Individuals will be asked a few questions to determine their eligibility on registration sites. There will be no separate prescreen form to fill out.  You will be asked to provide appropriate identification once you arrive at the vaccination site.

For those in the Phase 1B prioritized groups of law enforcement/protective services or who work in education, please first check with your employer before making an appointment using this system. They may have more information on other vaccine distribution plans for you based on your employment.  

Prepare for Your Appointment

Setting an appointment may go more quickly if: 

  • You use a desktop or laptop, not a mobile device 
  • You use Chrome, Edge, or Firefox browsers 
  • You use an email address that does not end in .gov, .edu, and is not a work-based email; free email services like Gmail and Hotmail work better 
  • You have your insurance card handy (if you have insurance) 

Why You Need An Appointment

As stated previously, vaccine availability is limited at this time and we must ensure every dose is utilized to protect our highest risk populations, like YOU! It also allows you to schedule your appointment when it best fits your schedule. 

Scheduling helps us plan ahead to have the right number of doses on hand so we don’t waste any vaccine. And, it helps with a smoother delivery process for everyone involved at the drive-through POD sites, all of which are staffed by trained medical volunteers. 

Please note that in order to be vaccinated, you will need to:

  1. Be a member of the current phase (1A or 1B prioritized)*
  2. Schedule an appointment
  3. Provide appropriate identification once you arrive at the vaccination site

*Vaccination of people 65-74 is only available at state operated POD locations (State Farm and Phoenix Municipal Stadium). Check eligibility and scheduling availability at AZDHS COVID-19 Vaccine Finder.

Why Appointments Will Be Limited Initially

The first appointments for Phase 1B individuals will be available at POD sites that are not already fully-booked for individuals from Phase 1A, starting on Monday, January 11th.

More appointments will become available when:

  • More vaccine doses are available
  • Other POD sites complete their second-dose appointments so that additional appointments can be opened to Phase 1B individuals  

As operations are ramped up to support Phase 1B vaccination efforts, we anticipate more options for vaccination outside of POD sites will be available to prioritized groups soon. This may include vaccinations at pharmacies for those age 75 and older and employer-based vaccination events through private vendors. Public Health is working closely with state and local partners to facilitate agreements that will allow vaccine to be allocated for these types of distribution efforts. More information will be released as it becomes available. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to questions regarding eligibility, scheduling, and other vaccine topics, please see the full COVID-19 FAQs.


Still Have Questions?

If you have questions not answered above, please submit your question here.

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