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Updates from the Public Health Director: You may have heard the recent ADHS press release: “The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), Pinal County Public Health Services District, and Arizona State University (ASU) reported today that the so- called UK #COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.7, has been confirmed in three test samples from the state.” The job of viruses is to grow and mutate and the virus causing COVID-19 is no different. Virus mutations are detected through genome sequencing which helps us understand the properties of the virus. According to the CDC, variant B.1.1.7 spreads “more easily and quickly” which may result in more cases of COVID-19 and therefore possibly more persons who seek clinical care. Those who may have the B.1.1.7 variant are not informed of it as genome sequencing occurs with “de-identified” samples. So, it will not be possible for any of us to let you know if you have this version of the virus. So far, the CDC expects that the current vaccines will be effective against this variant, adding that mitigation protocols are “essential to limit the spread of the virus and protect public health.” See more information on variants of the virus at the CDC link: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant For those interested in research data on Moderna vaccine’s effectiveness against variants: investors.modernatx.com/news-releases/news-release-details/moderna-covid-19- vaccine-retains-neutralizing-activity-against ℹ️ As always, visit our website for the latest COVID updates.
*Fully Booked* Updated phone number Sun Life Family Health Center in Casa Grande Main Location on Arizola is opening up for 300 vaccines for tomorrow (Saturday). Call 520-836-3446, select COVID option to make your appointment. ℹ️ Click link on bio for more information.
Updates for January 28th, 2021: Sorry for missing yesterday's daily update on COVID vaccine. There are 21 county locations administering COVID vaccine, 2 state locations and 7 federal pharmacy locations. Other than the two state locations in Maricopa County, the county locations were all fully booked as of this afternoon due to limited vaccine supply. The order we were allowed to place today for next week was only 4,600 doses of which 2,000 are second doses. We continue to let State and Federal officials know that all providers offering vaccine in Pinal County need more doses to administer. As of today, there were 41,829 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pinal with 18,207 of these in the age ranges of 20-44 years. Please continue to follow mitigation procedures to minimize the spread. ➡️ Click link on bio for more info
Updates for January 26th, 2021: As the Frys Retail Program begins to receive federal COVID vaccine at various locations in Arizona, our webpage will be updated today with the Fry's link for scheduling an appointment: frysfood.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated This will be the link used in the upcoming days. Some locations have not received their supply of vaccine yet and appointments may not available at this time. When you are on Frys' website, please note you can put in any zipcode to see which Frys will vaccinate. Having tried the link, we noticed once you select the pharmacy location, be sure to click the box that comes up saying COVID-19 vaccine, in order to be taken to the page that says whether appointments are available. ℹ️ Visit our website for additional resources ➡️ Link in bio
Updates on January 25th, 2021: While this is starting to sound like a broken record, as the CDC reminded us this weekend, manufacturing very large quantities of vaccine takes time. The goal is for everyone who wants the vaccine to be able to easily get it. However, until large quantities are available there will be difficulty in getting appointments at local county vaccine locations. For clarification, Pinal County, like other local public health departments, is only allocated a certain amount weekly and we always order the maximum we are allowed. We did get a slight increase in our order for next week which is a step in the right direction. Likewise, other promising information is that Johnson and Johnson may be getting closer to applying for Emergency Use Authorization of their COVID vaccine. It appears that the data from their clinical trials may be ready for scientific review at the end of January or beginning of February. While no exact dates are published, maybe another vaccine will also be available by the end of February. ➡️ Click on link for more info.
The Federal Pharmacy program (Frys and Safeway/Albertsons) is tentatively scheduled to start in mid February. An exact date is not yet known. The pharmacies that will be participating will be located on: azhealth.gov/findvaccine. The pharmacy locations will also be listed on the Pinal Public Health vaccine page once they let us know how people can schedule for the vaccine. ℹ️ Visit our website for the latest #vaccine info. ➡️ Link in bio
59 Fry's and Safeway/Albertsons pharmacy stores will receive Moderna doses over the next week as part of the federal retail transfer program and county allocation. Important items to note regarding retail pharmacies offering #COVID19 vaccination: ➡ Pharmacies that receive vaccine via the federal retail transfer program are intended to target 65+ populations in addition to priority 1A and 1B-1 populations. ➡ Pharmacies that receive vaccine via a county allocation currently are targeting populations as directed by the County (1A and 1B-1) ➡ The retail locations receiving vaccine will provide vaccinations on a first come first served basis by appointment only, and more information regarding registration requirements and eligibility will be available on the Vaccine Finder map by location at azhealth.gov/findvaccine. ➡ The list of pharmacies in Pinal County, (identified by their corporate offices as sites that will administer #vaccine through the federal allocation), will be listed tomorrow. As always, visit our website for latest COVID updates.
Updates on January 20th, 2021: At this time, all appointments are fully booked for the Public Health Clinics. As other community providers receive small shipments this week, their registration links may open up on our Pinal County Public Health Covid Vaccine Locations webpage. However, Pinal County was only allowed 3,500 new doses this week and some shipments from this order have not yet arrived. Please – no walk-ins to the public health clinics. If anyone is 75 and older, does not have internet access, and needs help to schedule an appointment, please call the Central Appointment Desk for help at 1-866-960-0633. Please understand due to limited vaccine supply, appointments may be several weeks out. Thank you for your patience. Click the link on bio for more info
Pinal County has very limited vaccine allocated to us for administration at our local sites. ADHS is opening a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium for all Arizonans. Eligibility is for all ADHS recommended groups in the 1b category including those 65 and older. For those that can drive to Phoenix or have someone drive you, registration by ADHS starts Tuesday, January 19th for appointments in February. The link to register is: podvaccine.azdhs.gov/ You can also call 1-844-542-8201 or call 211 for more information.
Updates on January 15th, 2021: Pinal County recognizes the vulnerabilities and needs of all persons in the 1a and 1b categories. We have revised our early vaccination group to now include a 1B-1 and 1B-2 category. We are currently vaccinating the 1B-1 category. Limited vaccine supply to Pinal County has contributed to the frustration for those attempting to get the #COVID19 vaccine. We have received 15,800 doses to administer to over 75,000 people in the existing 1a/1b group. All of these are accounted for. A reminder - if you received dose #1 there is a matching dose #2 set aside for you so please keep your appointments. Once vaccine arrive, it is administered quickly or scheduled for administration. It is a misrepresentation to the public to suggest that we have vaccines to administer when the order we were allowed this coming week is only 3,500 doses. We are most grateful for the patience of those who understand this predicament. Leadership is fighting to get more vaccines for our county. Click the link for more info.
In observance of Civil Rights Day, Public Health offices, clinics, vaccine sites, and some testing sites will be closed on Monday, January 18th, 2021. All services will resume on Tuesday, January 19th. For additional information and resources, click link on bio.
Please be aware that you MUST have an appointment to be vaccinated at our Public Health Clinics, walk-ins are not accepted. Staff will contact the authorities in the event they receive threats or verbal abuse. We thank you for your patience as we work with the current limitations around vaccine supply at the County.
Updates on January 14th, 2021: We are aware of the recommendation made yesterday by ADHS to add those 65 and up, along with persons who have high risk medical conditions to the 1b category beginning January 19th if local health departments have enough vaccine to include these groups. Please understand there is currently a shortage of vaccine in Pinal County. At this time, when more vaccine arrives, the Pinal County vaccination teams will be continuing with our existing 1b categories. More information will be forthcoming on when the additional groups can be considered for vaccination in Pinal County. ADHS may be opening up another site in Maricopa County for all Arizonans who are in the categories of 65 plus and those with high risk medical conditions. Thank you for your patience. Click link on bio for more info
No news on any large shipments of vaccine to Pinal County. We continue to get very small shipments weekly. If the website says a location is fully booked no vaccine is currently available at that location. Doses that were shipped to us during the past week have already been tied to an appointment. The days that shipments arrive are not guaranteed nor are they the same each week. To date we have received 14,800 doses of #COVID19 vaccine for an estimated 75,662 individuals in the Pinal 1b group. The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this morning that they will be releasing more vaccines to all states. We are sorry for your frustrations. Thank you for your continued patience. Click link on bio for more info
Updates on January 11th, 2021: Appointments opened up this morning at various provider locations, however, unfortunately due to limited vaccine supply these are already full. Our 1a and 1b groups total approximately 75,000 individuals. We are told more vaccine will be shipped in the weeks to come. Thank you for your patience in understanding that we can only vaccinate when shipments arrive. Click link on bio for more info.
We are getting a very small allotment of vaccine this coming week and need to distribute the amount among 10 community partner locations. We know it has been challenging to try and get an appointment. Our 1b category has over 60,000 individuals and there are still some in the 1a group who are eligible for vaccination. Moderna had indicated there would be a limited amount of vaccine nationwide in the first few months with more vaccine produced as time progressed. As we get shipments of vaccine, appointments open up on the public health website where public health clinic and community partner locations are listed. We update with our community partner locations throughout the week. We all are vaccinating as quickly as we can when new shipments are received. With regard to our 1a long term care residents, vaccination has begun this past week in partnership with the federal pharmacy program and will be running for the next several months. Click link on bio for more info
Please be reassured, for anyone who receives their first vaccination, there is a matching second dose that will be sent to us. We also were told we will be getting vaccine weekly, but in smaller amounts than our original allotment. As vaccine arrives, appointments will open up and then close again once all of the vaccine for that week has been administered (or matched up with an appointment). When we get another shipment, appointments open up again. We are not advised of an exact shipment date so thank you for your patience. Click the link on bio for more info
We are grateful to all of our community partners who are administering vaccine to the 1a and 1b groups. There will be more community partner locations added to our list in the upcoming weeks once we get more vaccine. For those with questions about the second dose of Moderna, please be reassured that a second allotment will automatically be sent to match the first dose. Thanks for your patience. Click the link on bio for more info.
Director's Update: **Updated Numbers** Many are asking why are Pinal sites fully booked this week? Of the initial allocation of 10,000 doses to Pinal, these were split among public health and 14 community providers. 5,700 doses were shipped directly to healthcare facilities for immunization of 1a group, healthcare professionals and healthcare support staff in closed internal pods, as well as correctional officers and support staff. This allowed Pinal Public Health and community partners to move more quickly into other 1b groups. Of the remaining 4,300 doses, 4,100 were either administered or are already scheduled for administration. The 200 left are with community providers who have a planned registration and administration procedure. As we get more vaccine, more appointments open up. As more community partners "onboard" with ADHS and get approved to administer vaccine, more locations will be available. Thank you for your patience.
Updates on January 5th, 2020: We continue to vaccinate the 1b group. As you will see, many locations are fully booked. As the vaccine arrives, appointments will open again. A friendly reminder—only those organizations or agencies that "onboarded" with ADHS are able to be allocated #COVID19 vaccine. This federal vaccine has many requirements for storage, handling, administration and reporting—all of which is part of the onboarding application. We are grateful to allocate to those that have already onboarded. Others are beginning the process, and we hope to have them as #vaccine partners very soon. Check the link in bio for more info.
🌟 Introducing some of our unsung heroes behind the scenes: Our #vaccine team! 🌟 They have been vaccinating our community and are geared up for the upcoming weeks to vaccinate more. You could say... They are the Avengers of #PublicHealth! Even Spider-Man (an EMS worker) came by to support our staff and got their vaccine. At this time, we are currently booked out. Please check the website again on January 11th. **All partner clinics are also fully booked at this time.
From Public Health Director: The 10,000 doses of Moderna COVID vaccine provide to Pinal County in our first allocation arrived throughout the week of December 21-24th. Pinal Public Health began vaccinating 1a group, healthcare professionals, on December 23rd. In additional to healthcare, we have begun to vaccinate the 1b, law enforcement group. How fast we move through the rest of the 1b groups and into 1c depends on how large the groups are and the availability of vaccines. Together with our community partners, we are working as fast as we can. When we are notified that more vaccine is available, we ordered the maximum allowed for Pinal. For continued vaccination updates, please see our Pinal Public Health COVID webpage. We have added a “frequently asked questions” section. As we close the year out, a heartfelt thank you for what we have achieved together in Pinal. May we greet the New Year with renewed energy, health, and a commitment to being the best version of ourselves in 2021. With gratitude for your efforts, Tascha Spears, Ph.D.,M.Sc., RN
𝘼𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙛𝙪𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙗𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙡𝙚𝙙, 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙡𝙪𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙎𝙪𝙣 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙁𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙮 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝 𝘾𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙋𝙪𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙘 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝 𝘾𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙘𝙨. ❗ Oasis Health Clinic in Casa Grande was just added to the list. Call to schedule. ❗ ➡ For Public Health locations, please check again in a couple of days! It should show more openings in the upcoming weeks. The platform only shows 10 days out for registration. If you registered at one of our Public Health locations, we ask if you can please fill out this form ahead of time to speed the process: https://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/publichealth/CoronaVirus/Documents/COVID19%20_Vaccine_Consent_and_Client.pdf Most #COVID19 test sites and #vaccine sites may be closed early for the holidays. We will continue updating you all as we get more information. In observance of New Years, Pinal County Public Health clinics and offices will be closed on Friday, January 1st, 2021. ℹ For additional information and resources, visit our website: https://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/publichealth/CoronaVirus/Pages/Home.aspx Have a safe #NewYears, and let’s keep you, your family, and our community safe! As a reminder, the Arizona distracted driving law starts New Year’s Day. Read more about it here: https://www.azdps.gov/handsfree
Updates from our Director: We are continuing to finish up the 1a group and those in the 1b groups are receiving notification from their respective organizations regarding where to get their COVID vaccinations or click the link in bio. For those 75 and older, you can also register at the link in bio. (Click on yellow bar on the main page of the website and it will take you to registration) Thank you all. **Edit: If it says closed and nothing is loading, this means the location has been fully booked. Please check again in a couple of days! It should show more openings in the upcoming weeks. The platform only shows 10 days out for registration.
Today's Update: As we are completing the 1a population and beginning our 1b, visit our website for resources as it will be continuously updated with the latest information: ℹ️ https://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/publichealth/Pages/home.aspx We ask for your patience and limit excessive calls/messaging to public health as we are working to update our website and post further information here by close of business today. Below is the updated image with the added group: Persons aged 75 years and older. 𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝟳𝟱 𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿, 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗯𝘆 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆. ❗️ If you are in a 1b group, you will also be getting more information from your respective agencies/organizations. ❗️ Due to the holiday week, some of your organizations may not be disseminating your information until Monday, January 4th. Thank you for your patience. ➡ In the meantime, check out this video our team put together discussing about the vaccine: https://youtu.be/KgInXpi_L0o
We are continuing to vaccinate 1A Healthcare Professionals today. Public Health will be resting on #ChristmasDay. More vaccines should be on the way soon the upcoming week. The data on our website will be updated on Monday. Stay safe, stay healthy, and #maskup! #happyholidays
Updated on 12/22/20 at 4 PM: Vaccine for healthcare professionals can be received in Pinal County based on if you live or work in Pinal County. For 1a vaccination group, if you are associated with a 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗙𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆/𝗘𝗠𝗦/𝗼𝗿 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝘀 in Pinal County, you will receive information from your organization on how to get your #vaccine. You should receive this information by close of business day tomorrow (12/23/20). If you are a 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 with an organization/agency, for more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
**Updated with message from our director** On 12/18, FDA issues Emergency Use Authorization of #COVID19 Moderna Vaccine. Pinal County is awaiting notification confirming the shipment, which is anticipated between Dec. 21-23 for vaccination of 1a Group - Healthcare Professionals. ℹ️Visit our website for the latest #vaccine info and COVID19 resources. ➡️Link in bio
The Pinal County Public Health Team has been planning and preparing for several months to receive and administer the #COVID19 vaccine. ***Update: On 12/9/20 Pinal Public Health was advised we could order Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. We requested as much as possible be sent to us during this first allocation. The exact amount and shipping date has not been confirmed; however, we anticipate shipment the last week of December. Our immunization team is prepared to vaccinate when the shipment arrives. We have many community partners who have "onboarded" with us, meaning they have also "registered" to administer the vaccine and we are in regular contact with them. Those who are in the "early vaccination groups" will be provided links for registrations as soon as we get definite information on when the vaccine is arriving. Please see our Early COVID-19 #Vaccination groups below, based on the best available information to date: ➡️ 1A: Health Care Professionals (including EMS and Paramedic) and Long Term Care Residents ➡️1B: Essential Workers & Infrastructure. This includes: Law Enforcement, Corrections Officers, Education Sector, Food & Agriculture, Utilities, and Transportation. ➡️1C: Adults with high risk medical conditions and Adults 65 years and older Please note this is a fluid situation that changes as more information is provided by the CDC and AZDHS. ✅ Check out the link in our bio for more #info!
With the holiday season here, please continue to mask up when in public, wash your hands often, and stay safe! 🎄 Please note: In observance of #ChristmasDay, Pinal County Public Health clinics, offices, and COVID testing sites will be closed on Friday, December 25th. On Thursday, December 24th, the following clinics will be closed: ⚫ San Tan Valley ⚫ Coolidge ⚫ Maricopa ⚫ Mammoth The only Public Health clinics that will be open for services on Thursday, December 24th will be the Casa Grande and Apache Junction Clinics from 8:00 to 3:00 p.m. If you need to make an appointment for WIC, immunization, flu vaccine, and nursing services, please call 📞 1-866-960-0633. Visit our website in the bio for #COVID19 updates.
Pinal County Public Health offices, clinics, & #COVID19 test sites in Florence and Casa Grande, will be closed this Thursday and Friday, November 26th to 27th for #Thanksgiving. 🦃 We will re-open with regular business hours on Monday, November 30th. #staysafe
Tengamos un #DíadeAccióndeGracias 🦃 seguro y reduzcamos la propagación de #COVID19. 💻 Reunirse virtualmente en línea es la forma más segura de celebrar esta época del año. 🌳 Si elige reunirse, organice reuniones al aire libre con un número mínimo de invitados. ¡No olvide seguir usando mascarillas en público y lavarse las manos con frecuencia! 🧼 Con más gente en las carreteras de esta semana, recuerde cinturón de seguridad y tener un conductor designado. #cuidate
Let's have a safe #ThanksgivingDay 🦃 and reduce the spread of #COVID19. 💻 Gathering virtually online is the safest way to celebrate this time of the year. 🌳 If you do choose to gather, host gatherings outdoors with a minimized number of guests. Don't forget to continue wearing face masks in public and wash your hands frequently! 🧼 With more people on the roads this week, remember to #BuckleUp and have a designated driver. #HappyThanksgiving and #besafe.
Thank you all for doing your part to #StopTheSpreadOfCOVID19 Let's continue to mask up, wash your hands often, and practice physical distancing when in public.
🍂 This #Fall, let's continue keeping our families healthy! Have children under the age of 19? Vaccines are provided for them at no cost at our clinics! Public Health clinics also offer free #flushots for adults and children. Call 1-866-960-0633 to schedule your #appointment today!
Need a flu shot? 🧐 This Saturday, no cost #flushots drive-thru for adults 18+ in Florence! 📞Call 1-866-960-0633 to schedule your appointment today - Vacuna contra la #gripe sin costo para adultos 18+ (auto-servicio) este sabado. 📞 Llame 1-866-960-0633 hoy para hacer una cita
Here is the latest #updates to our community from our Public Health Director in regards to San Tan Foothills High School ℹ️ For full text, #resources and #COVID19 updates, visit our website! Link in bio ⬅️
Frequently Asked Questions about #COVID19: What are the #symptoms for COVID-19? ➡️ People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the #virus. ✅ Visit our website in our #bio for additional resources.
With a little planning and creativity, #Halloween can still be fun! 🎃 With #COVID19 still lurking in our community, traditional door-to-door #trickortreat is considered high risk for both children and those who hand out the treats. 🍬 ➡️ However, here are suggestions for making Halloween #safer and still have #fun whether you decide to stay home, go trick or treating, or passing out #candy. Please don’t bring COVID-19 Trick or Treating with you! ❗️NO ONE should go trick or treating or give out candy if they are feeling sick, have COVID-19, waiting for test results or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. ❗️ ℹ️ More information for a safe Halloween can be found at the #CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html #halloween