PHOENIX — Additional coronavirus vaccine appointments will become available Tuesday morning at state vaccination sites, but high demand and available doses remain a concern.
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“Initial appointments are limited based on vaccine supply, with appointments opening up depending on distribution of the vaccine by the federal government,” Arizona Department of Health Services said in a press release Monday morning.
Arizona reportedly receives weekly allocations of the vaccine from the federal government, which determines how many vaccine doses the state has and how many appointments can be offered.
ADHS says the state is working to secure more doses and will continue to offer as many appointments as possible. Community and county vaccination sites are also working to vaccinate as many eligible Arizonans as possible and expand availability.
As of Monday morning, ADHS says more than 281,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to nearly 244,000 Arizonans.
Tuesday also marks the addition of Arizonans who are 65 years of age and older into the vaccine priority group. On Tuesday, those 65+ will be eligible to register for a vaccine appointment.
Groups prioritized to date include: frontline healthcare workers, emergency services workers, and residents and staff at long-term care facilities (in Phase 1A): and protective services workers; K-12, university, and community college educators; childcare workers; and adults 75 and older (prioritized Phase 1B).