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Pima County to begin vaccinating elderly, educators, first responders

Tucson Medical Center to begin Phase 1B vaccinations Friday
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Posted at 11:22 AM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 16:27:52-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Pima County will start registering thousands more residents for the COVID-19 vaccine this week.

The county says those who are part of Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccination plan can start registering for shots Thursday afternoon. According to a news release from the county, that group includes:

  • People 75 and older
  • Protective service occupations (law enforcement, corrections, firefighters, and other emergency response staff)
  • Education and childcare providers (K-12 and higher education teachers and all associated educational staff)

Vaccinations for this group are already slated to begin at Tucson Medical Center Friday, the county said. People who are 75 and older -- the first group to be vaccinated in Phase 1B -- can register for the vaccine on the county's website.

The AZDHS altered its list of Phase 1B individuals Wednesday afternoon from people age 75 and older to age 65 and older, but Pima County says it will stick with 75 as the cutoff age, though that could still change.

The county says two other vaccination sites will open next week at the Kino Sports Complex (Jan. 18) and Tucson Convention Center. Banner will also be converting its vaccination site at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, where it was vaccinating individuals in Phase 1A, to a 1B vaccination site.

Click here to register for a vaccination on the county's website.

In just two hours, all appointments were booked, according to the county. More than 20,000 people signed up. More appointments will be made available at a later date.