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What to know about next phase of Phoenix-area COVID-19 vaccinations

Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

PHOENIX – Metro Phoenix is set to move into the initial stage of phase 1B COVID-19 vaccine distribution next week.

Because the supply of doses has been limited, health officials are following priority plans designed to ensure efficient and fair distribution.

Maricopa County started giving the shots Dec. 16 to phase 1A populations. On Friday morning the county reported that it had completed 68,892 doses.

So far, vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna have gained federal approval for emergency use. They both require two shots spaced several weeks apart for full effectiveness.

Phase 1A priority for the Phoenix area was set to wrap up Sunday. That group includes frontline health care workers, emergency medical services workers and staff and residents at long-term care facilities.

Four Arizona counties — Gila, Pinal, Apache and Mohave — are already in phase 1B. Yuma County said it will move into 1B on Monday, while Pima County was aiming for the end of next week.

Here’s what we know about Maricopa County’s move into phase 1B:

  • Appointments will be required, and spots will be limited. The 1B online scheduling system will be activated at 6 a.m. Monday. Information about how to register will be posted here at that time, the county said.
  • You have to create an account with the Arizona Department of Health Services as part of the appointment process.
  • Phase 1B includes two levels. Only groups on the priority level — K-12 school staff and childcare workers, law enforcement and protective services personnel, and adults age 75 and older — will become eligible to register Monday.
  • Initially, phase 1B shots will be given only at the county’s five established points of distribution plus a new state-run 24-hour site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Reservations will be limited to time slots not already booked for people in phase 1A getting their second shots.
  • Appointments for the State Farm Stadium location won’t come online until 9 a.m. Monday, according to the state health department.
  • People in 1A will still be allowed to register during phase 1B but will no longer have priority over other eligible populations.
  • Eventually, the county anticipates adding more options for eligible groups to receive shots, which could include pharmacies and employer-based vaccination events.
  • There is no timetable for when the rest of phase 1B — adults living in congregate settings and workers classified as essential — or subsequent phases will become eligible for vaccinations.

For Arizona vaccine information, visit azdhs.gov/findvaccine.

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