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From our Public Health Director: Yesterday, moderate to heavy smoke was observed in the Superior area resulting in concern from town management. This advisory is general in nature and is intended to provide health-based guidance for residents that may be impacted by smoke. To view the full Air Quality Advisory, go to: https://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/AirQuality/Documents/Public%20Notices/Pinal%20County%20Air%20Advisory%2006162021.pdf Tascha Spears, Ph.D., MSc., RN
In Observance of Memorial Day, Public Health offices, clinics, and some vaccine sites will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2021. All services will resume on Tuesday, June 1st.
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From our Public Health Director: On Friday, ACIP met today to review the pause on the Janssen COVID vaccine due to blood clots and low platelet counts. Fifteen cases were reviewed, along with research and clinical discussions. At the culmination of the meeting, members voted to resume Janssen COVID vaccinations, citing the benefits of continued use. The interim recommendation is: "Janssen vaccine is recommended for persons 18 years of age and older in the U.S. population under the FDA039;s Emergency Use Authorization." Discussion also included the importance of those administering the vaccine ensuring that both the benefits and risks of the vaccine are understood, including a risk of blood clots with low platelets, particularly in women under the age of 50. The signs and symptoms to be aware of that require emergency medical attention include severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, and shortness of breath within 1-3 weeks post Janssen vaccination. Pinal County COVID vaccination teams will be meeting next week to further discuss the new interim recommendation. Janssen vaccine is not yet available again for administration at this time. With Gratitude for Your efforts, Tascha Spears, Ph.D., MSc., RN
Round Up from our Public Health Director this week about the #COVID19 Vaccines: As of today, Pinal County community vaccine teams have administered 132,239 doses of COVID vaccines. A friendly reminder that the State run COVID vaccine sites and some federal pharmacy programs are administering Pfizer COVID vaccine which is for persons ages 16 and older. Pinal County sites are administering either Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) for ages 18 and older. If you are between the ages of 16 and 18, please be sure you are scheduled at a location that offers the Pfizer vaccine as you are not eligible for Moderna or Janssen. The current emergency use authorization for each vaccine type was based upon ages of study participants in clinical trials. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson all have clinical trials underway involving younger children, however that data has not yet been provided for emergency use authorization review. As we navigate through this pandemic, a friendly reminder to keep up preventive care such as your annual check up, eye and dental exams, mammograms or colorectal cancer screenings you may have missed this past year. Take care of each other and have an enjoyable weekend. With Gratitude for Your efforts, Tascha Spears, Ph.D., MSc., RN
Beginning Wednesday, 3/24/21, the state run vaccination sites will open up to all persons ages 16 and older. Sixteen year olds are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine which is offered at state sites. There are currently over 50,000 appointments available at state run sites. Pinal County vaccination sites are currently open to all persons ages 18 and older. The lower age limit of 18 years differs from the state sites because county sites administer Moderna and Janssen vaccines which require one to be 18 or older. Our diagnostic positivity rate which tells us about active COVID illness in the community. It has decreased from 14% last week to 11% today. We are definitely moving in the right direction.
Pinal County COVID Vaccine community providers are opening up COVID vaccinations for those 18 years of age and older who live or work in Pinal County. This is at the County vaccine locations. Please note that state and federal pharmacy locations have different priority groups. The Pinal County COVID vaccine webpage identifies which vaccine is offered - Moderna or Janssen. There are currently appointments available on the Pinal County COVID Vaccine locations page. ℹ️For more information click the link on bio
There are some limited appointments for the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) covid vaccine at the county vaccination Florence library location for tomorrow (Tuesday 03/16/21) and Wednesday 3/17/21. Please register via: https://healow.com/apps/jsp/webview/openaccess/widgets/uc/ucFacility.jsp?apu_id=15607&facility_id=38 or call 1-866-960-0633 to schedule if you don039;t have internet access. For more information visit our website. ➡️ Link in bio
The Pinal County Public Health locations are fully booked this week administering second doses of Moderna. Therefore, first dose appointments are not being scheduled until next week. For those receiving second doses, please remember to bring your CDC vaccination card with you (that you were provided when you received your first dose). There may still be other vaccination appointments available at other provider locations. Please note that Sun Life is still accepting appointments. We will also be adding more vaccine location sites next week. Thank you for your patience. ℹ️Visit our website for the latest #vaccine info. ➡️ Link in bio
Pinal County vaccine teams are including the state recommended early vaccination group of 55 plus in the 1B category. In addition, due to data in reference to comorbidities and #COVID, Pinal County is also including high risk medical conditions in the 1B early vaccination group. Those with high risk medical conditions were identified early on by the CDC in vaccine priority groups and we understand you are waiting and wondering when you will be considered for vaccinations. However, given that appointments are limited, you may still need to wait to get an appointment. If you have a healthcare provider who is vaccinating and is familiar with your medical condition please consider getting your COVID vaccination there. For those with high risk medical conditions getting vaccinated elsewhere, you will be asked to attest to the condition. If you have questions about which high risk medical conditions have been identified by the CDC, please see the link below: https://www.cdc.gov/.../people-with-medical-conditions.html Please understand that appointments for next week are fully booked at most locations. We are aware that phone lines and registration links at times get overwhelmed and become inactive. We ask for your patience when you are calling or attempting to register. Pinal County vaccination teams are trying their best to schedule and administer your COVID vaccination as quickly as possible. You must live or work in Pinal to be vaccinated at a Pinal County vaccination location. Thank you for your patience. ➡️ Click link in bio for more info.
A huge increase in call volume occurred yesterday in light of the ADHS press release on state sites expanding to vaccinate persons 55 and up. A large number of calls were also inquiring about the (Johnson & Johnson) Janssen #COVID vaccine. Pinal County vaccine teams are still vaccinating those 65 and older as well as essential worker groups at our county vaccination locations. We have been notified Pinal has been allocated a small amount (3,500 doses) of Janssen vaccine which will arrive sometime next week. We will let you know as we receive more information on which locations will receive the Janssen COVID vaccine, along with which groups are recommended for priority receipt of the Janssen COVID vaccine The county continues to receive Moderna vaccine and appointments are available when shipments are received. We have not yet been advised of the amount of Moderna allocated to Pinal for next week. Thank you for your patience. ➡️Click link in bio for more information.
This week we have limited appointments available at our Public Health Clinics (Casa Grande, Coolidge, Maricopa, Mammoth, and San Tan) and additional appointments available at the Florence POD. If anyone does not have internet access and needs help signing up, please call the Central Appointment Desk at 1866-960-0633. ℹ️ Click link in bio for more information.
Community partner and public health vaccine teams are continuing to vaccinate with shipments received this week. A new site is available on the ADHS dashboard that indicates how many people have been administered per zip code. It is on the main ADHS dashboard in a circular icon towards the bottom of the page. ➡️ Visit our website for the latest #vaccine info. ➡️ Link in bio
Please understand that the Moderna vaccine allocated to the Florence site is a county allocation. Therefore you MUST live or work in Pinal County to schedule an appointment at the Florence Library location. Unfortunately, if you schedule an appointment and show up and do not work or live in Pinal, we will not be able to vaccinate you. You must have an appointment. Also, only those 18 years and older are able to receive Moderna Vaccine and only those in the 1B1 vaccination group. Thank you ℹ️ For more information click link in bio
Moderna Covid Vaccine has arrived in Pinal County. Some appointments opened up at the Florence library for tomorrow. We will evaluate quantities tonight and update in the morning regarding upcoming available appointments. Thank you for staying the course with us... and your patience. Check the link in bio for more info.
Round Up For This Week: It’s been a frustrating week for everyone at the public health department as well as those who live or work in Pinal County trying to schedule a COVID vaccine appointment. Due to severe winter storms at shipping transportation hubs no vaccines arrived in Pinal this past week. Reportedly, Moderna has recalled vaccine shipments where there may have been temperature excursions due to being stuck in transit. Vaccine packaging has data loggers that track temperature so all vaccines that arrive in Pinal are examined for maintenance of adequate temperatures while in transit. A very small number of vaccine doses were still here for appointments on Monday so if you did not receive a cancelation from the agency where you scheduled your appointment, please keep your appointment on Monday. ADHS has advised the large state vaccination sites at the stadiums in Maricopa County are still open. There has been no tracking information provided to allow for additional planning. Until COVID vaccines are here in our County, no additional vaccine appointments are being scheduled in Pinal. Updates will be provided Monday morning. Thank you for your understanding and patience. With Gratitude for Your Efforts, Tascha Spears, Ph.D., M.Sc., RN
Vaccine deliveries have not yet arrived this week in Pinal County due to storm conditions at airport and ground transportation hubs throughout the nation. Pinal County Public Health has not received any additional information on where in transit COVID vaccine shipments are. No tracking with regard to vaccine location has been provided. Please keep any scheduled appointments you have for today and tomorrow, unless notified by the agency where you scheduled an appointment. No new appointments in Pinal County are available until vaccine shipments arrive. ℹ️ Please visit our website for more info. ↗️ Link in bio.
Our #COVID19 vaccine location at the Florence Library is not open as vaccine shipments for this location have not yet arrived. We were informed shipping may be further delayed due to poor weather. Just a friendly reminder - you must have a scheduled appointment to receive the COVID vaccine at our county locations. Due to social distancing requirements and fulfilling early vaccination group requirements, we cannot accept walk-ins. Thank you. ➡️ Click the link in bio for more info.
We are seeing multiple appointments booked for one person on the same day or different days - as many as 7 for the same person. This also does not allow for accurate scheduling of vaccine doses which are carefully counted with a certain number of doses per vial. This also takes up 6 appointments where others could have received vaccine. Each appointment on the public health registration site must be booked for only the person receiving vaccine. If you book more than one appointment for yourself, all of your appointments will automatically be canceled. Thank you. ℹ️ For additional information and resources, visit our website. Click the link in bio
Pinal County Public Health has opened a County vaccination POD at the Florence Library. Appointments are available Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm -6:30pm. To find an appointment please visit our website at: https://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/.../vaccinelocations.aspx If you or someone you know needs help scheduling an appointment, please call our Central Appointment Desk for help at 1-866-960-0633. ➡️ Check the link in bio for more info.