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COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing

COVID-19 Vaccines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorization to three COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. After rigorous testing and extensive clinical trials, these vaccines have proven to be safe and highly effective. You can learn more about the FDA’s approval process here.

The American Rescue Plan provided $20 billion to establish a National COVID-19 Vaccination Program. On April 6, 2021, the CDC announced that Arizona would be receiving $65.8 million to help increase vaccine distribution and ensure equity and access for communities hit hardest by the various.

Who Is Eligible?

All Arizonans aged 16+ are now eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

How to Make an Appointment

Through Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)

You can schedule a vaccine appointment through the ADHS online here. To make an appointment over the phone call 1-(844) 541-8201.

Through Maricopa County

You can view a list of Maricopa County vaccination sites and register for an appointment online here. You can learn more about Maricopa County’s vaccine distribution process here.

Other Sites

You can find a map of other vaccination locations, including pharmacies and clinics, here. Please note that eligibility requirements, appointment availability, and sign up processes may vary by site.

Assistance for Seniors

Valley of the Sun YMCA

Valley YMCA and Uber have partnered together to help seniors in Maricopa County in need of transportation get to and from their vaccine appointments. To schedule a ride, call (602) 212-6088 or email opas@vosymca.org. Adherence to COVID-19 precautions, including wearing a face covering, is required.

Fresh Start

Fresh Start is helping people register for a vaccine appointment and get transportation. You can request assistance here.

Smile on Seniors of Arizona

For help scheduling an appointment or getting a ride call 602-492-7670 or email info@sosaz.org.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the vaccine side effects?

Some people report feeling mild flu-like symptoms after receiving the vaccine. These typically resolve after 24 hours. There have been extremely rare cases where people experience an allergic reaction upon receiving the vaccine, which is why a 15-minute monitoring period is required after you receive the vaccine.

On April 13 the FDA and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced a pause on use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six cases of blood clots were reported out of the more than 6.8 million doses that had been administered at that time. On April 23, following a thorough safety review, the CDC and FDA found that the benefits of the vaccine outweighed the very rare risks and lifted the pause on use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You can read the FDA’s updated Johnson & Johnson fact sheet here

After I am fully vaccinated, what activities am I allowed to resume?

As more and more Americans get vaccinated, the CDC will continue to issue updated guidance on what activities and behaviors are safe for fully vaccinated individuals. You can view the CDC’s most up-to-date guidance here. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 

How much will the vaccine cost?

Thanks in part to the American Rescue Plan, all COVID-19 vaccines will be provided free of charge, regardless of insurance status. Check with your vaccine provider for any administrative fees.

What if I am a veteran?

I am proud that the American Rescue Plan provided vaccine funding for the Veteran’s Affairs Administration (VA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS). The Phoenix VA is now making vaccine appointments for Phoenix VA-enrolled veterans of any age. To make an appointment call 602-604-3915. You can learn more here.

What if I am a tribal citizen?

Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC) is now offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to patients ages 18 and older. If you have a PIMC chart number, please call 602-263-1695 to schedule an appointment. NATIVE HEALTH is now scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Native Americans and/or registered patients/clients. You can pre-register here.

Is the vaccine safe for children?

The Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals 16 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been approved for individuals 18 and older. None of the vaccines have been approved for children under 16 as of right now, but there are clinical trials for children that are currently ongoing.

Do I still need to get a flu shot?

All three COVID-19 vaccines are designed only to prevent COVID-19. Although COVID-19 and the seasonal flu have similar symptoms, protection from the seasonal flu requires a separate vaccination.

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for the vaccine?

Everyone in the U.S. will be eligible to receive the vaccine, independent of immigration or citizenship status.

COVID-19 Testing

In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure there is not a resurgence, it is critical that we continue to take testing, contact tracing, and other mitigation efforts seriously. That is why the American Rescue Plan included $47.8 billion for testing, contact tracing, and mitigation, and $10 billion to boost production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies.

You can find a map of COVID-19 testing sites in Arizona and information on how to register here. You can find information on upcoming COVID-19 salvia testing events here. You can also call the Arizona COVID-19 Hotline at 1-844-542-8201.