The COVID-19 Vaccination plan is unveiled by the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) submitted to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
It seems paying for distribution may be the least of the state’s concerns. So when the vaccine gets U.S. approval, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have said many have won’t take it.
“The first vaccines that we think are going to come out are highly cold chain sensitive, which means we have to have freezing down to -70, perhaps -80 degrees,” said Pima County Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen during Tuesday, October 19th, city council meeting.
Many variables are still up in the air. In fact, the Pima County Health Department (PCHD) said it is in the early stages of conversations.
The first pods will include TMC and Banner who have volunteered. Therefore, they will use it when they get vaccines.
“I know Dr. Cara Christ pretty well; I know her team. I think the plan they put in place is very parallel to what we did with the H1N1 vaccine which worked very well,” said Carroll. “So, the plan that [AZDHS] has laid out along with the CDC is to try to reach the high-risk groups first.”
Moreover, Healthcare workers and (depending on availability) seniors, teachers, childcare providers, and those with chronic conditions are in the high-risk category.
In addition, the critical population with those who live in coronavirus hotspots, minorities, inmates, people with disabilities, and the homeless will be included in Phase 2 of vaccination.
The general public will get Phase 3 of vaccination.
“Obviously, it’s got to be done over the wide population,” said Carroll. “We want to get people the immunization as fast as we can.” Oh goody…
Though a quick vaccine is drawing some skepticism.
More than 60 percent of respondents said they will not get a vaccine in a Facebook Poll.