COVID-19 Vaccine - Phase 1A

Updates: 

  • MISSED APPOINTMENTS DUE TO WEATHER CLOSURES ON 1/25 Please see our Scheduling/Locations page for more information.
  • 2ND DOSE APPOINTMENT UPDATE Email notifications for open appointments to schedule 2nd doses are going out for those vaccinated at  Chandler/Dignity Health or Goodyear/Abrazo Health POD sites.  You will be emailed an invitation from the ADHS registration system to schedule an appointment at a Dose-2 event when appointments for February have been opened as available (by date of first vaccine). Please check your email, including any spam folders, for these invites. New locations and appointments will continue to be made available for second doses over the next several weeks, subject to availability of vaccine. Note: If you were vaccinated at State Farm Stadium, see AZDHS website for their notification process regarding second dose appointments.
  • PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT: Please bring two things to your vaccine appointment: 1) your appointment confirmation email, email with QR code (ADHS site), and 2) a form of ID confirming your healthcare employment, such as a work ID or paystub. Please be sure to check your appointment time and do not drive to a site as a walk-in. Registration and appointments are required.

Healthcare Workers and EMS

On Dec. 1st, the CDC Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to approve the recommendation of frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facility staff & residents as priority groups to receive initial doses of vaccine once it is approved by the FDA.

Per ACIP, health care workers are paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. For Phase 1A, this includes individuals providing patient care in settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities*
  • Emergency medical services
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Home health care
  • Pharmacies
  • Public health
  • Education (e.g., school nurses and healthcare personnel)

*Through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program, CDC has engaged retail pharmacy partners (CVS and Walgreens) to secure vaccine and provide on-site vaccination of residents, at no cost to the facility. Skilled Nursing Facilities residents and staff will receive the vaccine first followed by Assisted Living and other adult congregate settings. Note: Healthcare workers in these settings interested in receiving vaccine should first check with their employer to see if they will be vaccinated through this program.

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Make An Appointment

Due to the initial limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine, Maricopa County is partnering with local healthcare systems and municipalities to operate five drive-through Point of Dispensing (POD) sites across the county. This allows us to vaccinate as many people as possible in a safe and efficient manner. All Maricopa County regionally operated POD sites are operated by certified medical staff and volunteers.

Starting Jan. 11th, healthcare workers from Phase 1A and prioritized Phase 1B groups will be able to register and search for any available appointments

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are no specific data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant women from clinical trials. If you are part of a group (e.g., healthcare personnel) who is recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and are pregnant or breastfeeding, you may choose to be vaccinated. A discussion with your healthcare provider can help you make an informed decision. Read more on COVID-19 and pregnancy.



Defer vaccination until the isolation period has ended to avoid exposing healthcare personnel or other persons during vaccination visit. The CDC says “Vaccination should be deferred until recovery from acute illness (if person had symptoms) and criteria have been met to discontinue isolation.”



If you have recovered from a prior case of COVID-19, you are still eligible to get the vaccine. Guidance from the CDC indicates that “vaccination should be offered to persons regardless of history of prior symptomatic or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection.”



Because prioritization is based on exposure and risk, Phase 1A eligibility is reserved for those who are currently employed in healthcare/EMS and/or work in a healthcare or long-term care setting.



If you are employed as a healthcare worker or work in a healthcare setting you are eligible for Phase 1A. Because we may not immediately have enough vaccine for all healthcare personnel who need or want one, prioritization will be given to those healthcare workers who are highest risk of exposure to patients with COVID-19 or providing direct patient care to patients with COVID-19. Please be patient as we assess the need and ensure that our most vulnerable healthcare workers are given first priority to schedule appointments.



Dentists and oral healthcare providers (including staff) are eligible and should complete the prescreening survey. Although direct exposure to COVID-19 patients may be low or never, if an individual works in a healthcare setting where there is direct patient care provided and risk of exposure, he or she is eligible and should be prescreened.



Please defer vaccination and check with the administrators of the research study first to ensure you will not compromise results of the research.



Maricopa County is working with our health system partners, retail pharmacies and other vaccinators to establish vaccination events and access points to provide second doses to individuals who cannot get their second dose at PODs.



While the goal for second dose administration is as close as possible 21 days, the second dose appointment may be made later than 21 days. According to ACIP/CDC recommendations, the second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible; however, there is no maximum interval between the first and second dose for either vaccine.



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About the Vaccine

Safety is a top priority in delivering a COVID-19 vaccine. Once a company develops a vaccine, it must go through a rigorous scientific testing process before it can be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA independently reviews the information from these tests to make sure the vaccine is safe and works well, and then decides whether the vaccine can be licensed and made available to the public.

According to clinical trial data reviewed by the FDA, the most commonly reported side effects, which typically last several days, are pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose, so it is important for vaccination providers and recipients to expect that there may be some side effects after either dose, but even more so after the second dose.

Please see the vaccine safety sheets below for important information about vaccines currently approved for emergency use by the FDA. You will receive information about what vaccine you've received when you're vaccinated so that you can schedule your second dose from the same manufacturer 3 to 4 weeks after your first dose. Vaccines are not interchangeable.

After a vaccine is authorized for use, multiple safety monitoring systems are in place to watch for possible adverse events. If an unexpected serious adverse event is detected, experts work as quickly as possible to determine whether it is a true safety concern.

For additional information:

Vaccine Records

You will receive a vaccination record that shows which vaccine you received and when so you are able to track which vaccine you need for your second dose and when you will need to receive the second dose. 

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Vaccinating Long-Term Care Facility Residents & Staff

Through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program, CDC has engaged retail pharmacy partners (CVS and Walgreens) to secure vaccine and provide on-site vaccination of residents and staff at no cost to the facility. Skilled Nursing Facilities residents and staff will receive the vaccine first, followed by Assisted Living and other adult congregate settings.

Facilities that are not part of the pharmacy program can submit their information to MCDPH to request alternative support for vaccinating staff and residents.

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Future Planning for Other Phase 1 Populations

The Arizona Vaccine and Antiviral Prioritization Advisory Committee (VAPAC) met Dec. 28th to make its recommendations PDF   PDF    PDF  PDF for prioritization of vaccine to populations beyond 1A in Arizona.   This built upon previously released recommendations by the CDC's ACIP COVID-19 Vaccines Work Group.  Read how Arizona's vaccine will be allocated in the coming phases to prioritized groups here

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Have Questions?

If you have general questions about COVID-19 vaccine, please see our FAQs. If you have specific questions related to the pre-screening process for Phase 1A, please Contact Us.

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