FDA launches mobile vaccination units in Arizona county
Pima County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency launched two mobile vaccination units on Monday, May 3, in an eight-week effort to provide vaccinations in the hardest-to-reach communities.
Each unit will offer 250 vaccines at a site in and around Tucson for three days before moving to another one. The locations include Pima Community College campuses, casinos and Rillito Race Track. Both units will accept walk-ins.
The mobile sites will be held in Pima County through June 26.
Authorities on Monday reported 652 additional COVID-19 cases in Arizona and but no additional deaths from the virus.
Over 2.9 million residents — 41% of Arizona’s population — have received at least one shot with almost 2.3 million people fully vaccinated.
Health officials said more than 5 million vaccine doses have been administered in Arizona.
In all, 864,000 confirmed cases and 17,344 deaths from the virus have been reported in Arizona since the pandemic began.
PFIZER AGES 12 TO 15
The FDA has been reviewing research done on the effectiveness and safety of the Pfizer COVID19 vaccine in children ages 12 to 15.
Once the FDA completes their review, an independent board completes another review and then sends the information to the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices for final approval.
This decision would allow middle school and high school students to get vaccinated against COVID-19. If the FDA authorizes the vaccine, the 12-15 age group may start receiving the Pfizer vaccine later this month.
With summer around the corner, health officials are already preparing for back-to-school next year.
Yavapai County reports 17 COVID-19 cases and one death since Friday, according to a Yavapai County Community Health Services news release Monday, May 3.
The county has tested 113,952 residents for COVID-19 with 18,731 positive cases and 502 deaths. Cases are slowing processing through MEDSIS, more cases likely came in over the weekend.
Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott and Prescott Valley reports 13 COVID-19 patients, while Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood reported nine, and the Prescott VA has no COVID-19 patients.
Yavapai County has administered over 155,000 doses of vaccine. A total of 91,521 residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, or 39.4% of the population, and 71,320 residents are fully vaccinated, according to a news release.
People seeking second doses of the Moderna vaccine can walk-in to Spectrum Healthcare’s POD in Prescott Valley, and in Cottonwood, on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.
For first dose appointments, check availability at pharmacies, the YCCHS clinics at 928-771-3122, Community Health Center of Yavapai, 928-583-1000, and Spectrum Healthcare clinics.
YCCHS and CHCY have clinics in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Cottonwood. Check the YCCHS website for a one-stop shop for appointments or call 928-442-5103 for assistance: https://www.yavapai.us/chs/Home/COVID-19/COVID-19-Vaccine-Appointments.