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Northern Arizona Counties Add Vaccine Appointments, Expand Eligibility

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Coconino County officials have expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to include all people in the 1B category. The county had previously prioritized certain groups within the 1B category. 

New groups eligible for the vaccine include food and agriculture workers, power and utility employees, and adults with high risk medical conditions living in shelters and other group settings. Vaccination appointments are available through Northern Arizona Healthcare, and Coconino County. Individuals will be asked to provide proof of their eligibility, including pay stubs or work identification cards. Vaccinations are free of charge.

Yavapai County is awaiting the arrival this week of nearly 10,000 new doses of Covid-19 vaccine. Officials say additional appointments will be available for people in the 1B category, including those 65 and older and those in protective service industries. Appointments will be available through Spectrum sites, with a list of pharmacies administering the vaccine on the Yavapai County website.

Mohave County is also expanding vaccine eligibility to include those 65 and older, as well as education and childcare workers. Officials in Mohave, Yavapai and Coconino say the weekly allocation of vaccine supplied by the state has not been sufficient.

State health officials say more than 907 thousand people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – constituting more than 12% of Arizona’s estimated population.  The race or ethnicity of more than a third of vaccinated residents has not been reported on the state level. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a lack of racial data can create complications and inequity in the vaccination process.