COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorization to two COVID-19 vaccines, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine. After rigorous testing and three stages of clinical trials these vaccines have proven to be safe and highly effective. You can learn more about the FDA’s approval process here. Both of these vaccines require two doses spaced a few weeks apart.
Who is Eligible?
Due to a limited supply of doses, Arizona is distributing the vaccine in phases. At this time, the Arizona Department of Health Services is distributing vaccines to people aged 55+, healthcare workers, and certain other essential workers including teachers and law enforcement officers.
How to Make an Appointment
Through Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS)
You can schedule a vaccine appointment through the AZDHS – including at the mass vaccination sites at State Farm Stadium and Phoenix Municipal Stadium – online here. Having trouble with the website? Watch this step-by-step video guide to registering for a vaccine appointment through AZDHS or call (602) 542-1000. To make an appointment over the phone call 1-(844) 541-8201.
Through Maricopa County
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Adherence to COVID-19 precautions, including wearing a face covering, will be required.
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 email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much will the vaccine cost?
Vaccines purchased by the federal government – which currently accounts for all the vaccines on the market – will be provided free of charge. You may be asked to show your insurance card when you are vaccinated, but insurance is not required to receive a free vaccine. Some providers may charge a small fee to patients for administration of the vaccine.
What if I am a veteran?
The Veterans Affairs Administration (VA) is currently prioritizing the following groups:
- VA health care personnel
- Veterans living in VA long-term care facilities.
- Veterans who receive care at VA facilities and are considered high-risk.
You can learn more about the Phoenix VA’s vaccine distribution here.
What if I am a Tribal citizen?
Tribes may choose to partner with either Indian Health Service (IHS) or the state to vaccinate tribal residents. IHS is currently prioritizing the following groups:
- Phase 1a: health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
- Phase 1b: people aged 75 years and older and frontline essential workers.
- Phase 1c: people aged 65 years and older and people 16 to 64 years old who have high-risk medical conditions, and other essential workers.
NATIVE HEALTH patients and clients in phases 1a, 1b, and 1c are now eligible to receive a vaccine through NATIVE HEALTH. You can pre-register for a vaccine here.
After I get the vaccine, can I stop wearing a mask?
Even after receiving the vaccine it is important that everyone continue to follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including wearing a face covering, washing your hands frequently, and maintaining social distancing. Taking these precautions will be necessary until the U.S. has achieved “herd immunity”, which occurs when a large enough portion of the population is immune to the disease that spread from person to person becomes unlikely. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has predicted that around 75% of the U.S. population will need to be immune to COVID-19 in order to reach herd immunity for the disease. Accepting a vaccine once you are eligible for one helps us get to that goal faster.
Are there risks associated with the vaccine?
No one in the clinical trials for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines developed serious long-term side-effects from being vaccinated. While some have reported mild flu-like symptoms after receiving the vaccine, those symptoms typically resolve within 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.
Is the vaccine safe for children?
The Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals 16 and older. The Moderna vaccine has been approved for individuals 18 and older. None of the vaccines have been approved for children as of right now, but there are clinical trials for children that are currently ongoing.
Do I still need to get a flu shot?
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna 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.