Globe, AZ — Beginning this week, Gila County may receive its first allotment of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. These shipments will be sent directly to facilities that have been approved through an on boarding application process to receive and dispense the vaccine. These include regional hospitals as well as some private and public agencies.
The CDC has published extensive recommendations for a phased approach for vaccine delivery within Gila County over the next several months. The Arizona Department of Health Services and Gila County will be following the recommendations established by CDC.
Due to the limited supply of vaccine, vaccination efforts will be highly targeted to protect the most vulnerable populations in Gila County.
**Phase 1 is divided into 3 sub phases. Phase 1A prioritizes front line healthcare workers, emergency medical service workers, and long-term care facility staff and residents.
**Phase 1B groups include adults in congregate settings, law enforcement, teachers and childcare workers, and essential services/critical industry workers.
**Phase 1C includes any adults aged 65 and older, and adults of any age with high-risk medical conditions.
Phase 1 is expected to be completed by mid-spring of 2021. Phase 2 will continue efforts to vaccinate high risk individuals, while expanding to the general population. Phase 3 will incorporate all previous priority populations and serve the general population.
Additional information about the phased approach to providing the vaccine can be found here: How the CDC Is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations:
Additional information will be posted and periodically updated on our Gila County Health & Emergency Management and Gila County Facebook pages as well as on www.Readygila.com
Michael O’Driscoll, Director
Gila County Health and Emergency Management