BISBEE, Ariz. (July 20, 2021) – The COVID-19 vaccine is now widely available within our county and throughout the state. With three vaccine options available (Moderna, Pfizer, Janssen J&J) and the Pfizer vaccine now eligible for ages 12 and older, any person who wishes to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can easily do so.
Residents can easily get their COVID-19 vaccine as a “walk-in” with no prior appointment necessary at many locations including Cochise County Health & Social Service clinics, Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Copper Queen Community Hospital, and select local pharmacies. It’s a good idea to confirm hours of operation and vaccine availability at locations ahead of time.
Chiricahua Community Health Centers also offer COVID-19 vaccine home visits for individuals who are unable to visit a clinic. You do not need to be an existing patient as the service is available for any community member. Interested persons can request a home visit by calling the Infectious Disease Program at 520-432-1820, Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
“In Cochise County, we have no intention of offering incentives or twisting peoples’ arms to get them vaccinated,” says Cochise County Health Director Alicia Thompson. “Instead we are focusing our efforts on ensuring people are aware of the many opportunities for them to get vaccinated if they choose to, and the fact that life is better vaccinated,” Alicia added. “Testing for COVID-19 is still critically important; if you feel sick please get tested. One of the most effective ways of reducing the spread of COVID-19 is staying home when you are sick.”
Contraction of the virus is still possible among vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, and symptoms of illness should be taken seriously. If you begin to feel unwell, think you might have been exposed, or experience COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, it is recommended you test for COVID-19 and stay home to reduce possible spreading.
COVID-19 testing is free at zero cost to patients. Medical insurance information is helpful if available, but insurance is not required to get tested. Free testing locations within Cochise County can be found at https://www.testnow.com/locations.
As a reminder of CDC guidelines, individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks or other face coverings when in public to avoid the spread of the virus. As of today, 48.5 percent of Cochise County residents have been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine. 63,433 county residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 56,516 are fully vaccinated.
Visit the Cochise County Facebook page and website to find more information on the current and upcoming locations of where to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.