Vaccine Information

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For up-to-date information on the number of vaccines administered in Coconino County and vaccination rate per 100,000 visit the ADHS Vaccine Phases Page.

For a national overview, visit the CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker.

COVID-19 Vaccination Status Update

Coconino County is currently vaccinating Phase 1a eligible individuals and priority populations within Phase 1b by appointment at Fort Tuthill County Park, 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop in Flagstaff.

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For Navajo Nation COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Information click here.

Phase 1a includes healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and staff.

Priority populations within Phase 1b include education and childcare workers, law enforcement and protective services, and individuals aged 65 and older. 

Vaccination opportunities will open at a later time for other populations in Phase 1b including essential workers and adults with high-risk conditions in congregate settings. 

Definitions of priority populations within Phase 1b are:

  • Education and childcare workers, teachers, and staff. This includes all school and higher education staff who normally interact with other staff and students, and bus drivers, cafeteria workers, facilities staff, etc.       
  • Law enforcement and protective services (corrections and other emergency response staff).     
  • Individuals aged 65 and older.

Proof of eligibility within the Phase 1a and Phase 1b priority groups is required. Those seeking vaccination are asked to bring proof of occupation such as a paystub, employment badge, a letter from an employer or a driver’s license or ID displaying date of birth. Those without proper eligibility identification may be turned away. The Fort Tuthill vaccination site is currently open to the defined eligible groups and is not opened to the general public.

 

Vaccine supplies continue to be limited at this time and appointments are available on a first come first served basis at the Fort Tuthill vaccination site. 

There is no cost to receive the vaccine, however, individuals with insurance should bring their insurance card. No one will be turned away for lack of insurance. Individuals without internet access in priority groups (now including those age 65 years and older) or who require assistance with registration can call the COVID-19 Information Line at 928-679-7300.  

Additional partner vaccination sites will be added as available. Coconino County Health and Human Services is actively working with state and local partners to facilitate agreements that will allow vaccine to be allocated for additional distribution outside of current operations, such as pharmacies and other private providers. This will help increase access to vaccine among priority populations. 

The exact timeline of vaccine distribution among remaining Phase 1 priority groups and Phase 2 and 3 populations will depend on factors such as how many vaccine types have been approved, how many doses have been manufactured and allocated to Coconino County, how many individuals decide to get vaccinated, and other logistical factors. As more vaccine is available to more groups of people, more locations will open to provide vaccine. Eventually, COVID-19 vaccine will be available through doctors’ offices, pharmacies, clinics, outpatient providers, and other healthcare facilities.


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Coconino County has been anticipating the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine for several months. In preparation we have:  

  • Prepared to immunize small to mid-sized organization healthcare personnel for Phase 1a (defined below in the section titled, “About the rollout”)
  • Established an immunization site at Fort Tuthill County Park for 2021 vaccination. The site opened on January 4th for Phase 1a priority groups
  • Partnered with TGEN in Flagstaff to store ultracold vaccine, increasing vaccine shelf life
  • Worked with Long Term Care (LTC) facilities to schedule Points of Dispensing (PODs) or ensure onboarding with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pharmacy Program which provides end-to-end management of the COVID-19 vaccination process
  • Partnered with Emergency Medical Services (EMS), hospitals, and local providers to administer vaccine
  • Participated in weekly COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force meetings, vaccine management tool onboarding, and operational readiness meetings
  • Collaborated with Coconino County Sheriff’s Office which is lending Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) a mobile trailer unit to be used for vaccine administration
  • Worked with the Navajo Nation on planning immunization for Native American residents of Page as future eligibility groups are announced. The Navajo Nation and other tribal entities are receiving a direct allocation from the federal government.
  • Planned for various possible scenarios and timelines of priority population vaccine rollout to ensure readiness when subsequent priority populations are finalized in the first phase of rollout. As it relates to schools, Arizona has currently identified school staff as a high priority population to receive COVID-19 vaccines, however the final determination of eligible priority populations rests with the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  

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The COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Both show extremely high efficacy rates (~90-95%) and both have been found to be safe and effective.

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COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19

  • COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19 and are safe.
  • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination will be a safer way to help build protection

  • COVID-19 illness can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you.
  • Clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Watch a video on what an EUA is.
  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as natural immunity. But experts don’t know how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience illness.

COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic

  • The COVID-19 vaccine will lead to a future where we don't need to wear masks because there will be underlying immunity in case of exposure. That day is not here yet and will not be until we reach a certain threshold of immunization and achieve herd immunity, therefore, people should continue to mask and social distance.
  • The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
  • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. 

Source: CDC 

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Every resident in the U.S. will eventually be eligible for COVID-19 immunization. Current vaccines are approved for those aged 16 and older.

Due to limited initial supply, eligibility will be determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and will occur in Phases according to risk and maximum benefit to society as determined by the CDC’s  Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP). 

Coconino County is currently vaccinating Phase 1a eligible individuals and priority populations within Phase 1b by appointment.

The first phase (Phase 1) has three components (a, b, c). Phase 1a is the first group of individuals vaccinated, inclusive of Healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents. Healthcare personnel is defined as those who work in:

  • Hospitals 
  • Long Term Care Facilities 
  • Homes for adults with developmental disabilities 
  • Outpatient 
  • Home Health Care 
  • Pharmacies 
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 
  • Laboratories 

Healthcare workers can include physicians, nurses, emergency medical personnel, dental professionals and students, medical and nursing students, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, hospital volunteers, administrative and support staff. More information is available at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6949e1.htm 

Priority populations within Phase 1b include education and childcare workers, law enforcement and protective services, and individuals aged 65 and older. 

Vaccination opportunities will open at a later time for other populations in Phase 1b including essential workers and adults with high-risk conditions in congregate settings. 

Definitions of priority populations within Phase 1b are:

  • Education and childcare workers, teachers, and staff. This includes all school and higher education staff who normally interact with other staff and students, and bus drivers, cafeteria workers, facilities staff, etc.       
  • Law enforcement and protective services (corrections and other emergency response staff).     
  • Individuals aged 65 and older.

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Accurate vaccine information is vital. Learn the facts about it here. 

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Providers:

Long term care facilities:

  • Many LTC facilities will receive their vaccinations from the CDC Pharmacy Program
  • Those not in the program will be contacted by a Coconino County liaison to work on their immunization plan 

Please contact covidvaccination@coconino.az.gov to inquire about providing COVID-19 vaccinations or for other questions about Phase 1a immunization in Coconino County.

Additional provider resources:

Healthcare Professionals: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccination