Cochise County Residents Ages 45 and Older Can Now Receive a COVID-19 Vaccine
BISBEE, Az. (March 18, 2021) – Cochise County residents who are ages 45 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine dose at any Point of Dispensing (POD) vaccination event within the county. The new expansion in eligibility is due to the decreased amount of appointments being scheduled through the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) portal and hotline. The decrease in demand is considered a key indicator of county residents waiting for their age group to open, to schedule a vaccine appointment.
County residents who are ages 45 to 54 and who want to receive a COVID-19 vaccine this week, are being directed to schedule their appointment over-the-phone by calling the ADHS hotline at 1-844-542-8201. This is because ADHS is currently working to update the Vaccine Management System (VMS) to reflect the new age group and allow users to register using the online portal. The age group of 45 to 54 will be allowed to schedule appointments using the portal, starting on March 25, 2021. Until that date, people ages 45 to 54 need to contact the ADHS hotline to schedule vaccine appointments.
“In addition to expanding access of COVID-19 vaccinations to all Cochise County residents who are 45 years and older, we continue to hold special points of dispensing for those who are 65 and older,” says Alicia Thompson, Health Director of Cochise Health & Social Services. “Our desire is to make sure everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated and who wants to be vaccinated can do so. Calling the 844 number is often the best way for individuals to successfully get an appointment.”
The Federal Retail Pharmacy locations within Cochise County continue to follow state guidelines and are still only available to people ages 55 and older. The state of Arizona will expand to age groups 45 and older in April.
County residents may schedule a vaccination appointment as early as this week. There are two county POD vaccination events scheduled for Saturday, March 20, 2021. The POD event held at Buena High School will be open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and requires appointments to be made through ADHS. Vaccine doses are reserved for people who live or work within Cochise County only, and out of county residents who attend will be turned away. Valid identification and proof of residency or employment will be required upon check-in.
Additionally, Copper Queen Community Hospital will host a walk-in POD event at Tombstone High School from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday. The event is available only to residents who work or live in Tombstone, Saint David, McNeal or Gleeson/Elfrida areas. On-site registration will be available for people on a first come, first served basis or until vaccine supplies are exhausted.
Both POD events scheduled for Saturday, March 20 will administer the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine two-dose series. Second doses are administered 28 days after the first, and follow-up appointments for a second dose are made on-site the day of the event.
Residents are required to present valid identification such as a driver’s license, and medical insurance information, if insured. Medical insurance is not required, and vaccines are free to everyone.
For further information on how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the ADHS website or call 1-844-542-8201. The Cochise Health and Services COVID-19 Response HUB continues to be a great resource for county-specific information.