FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Terrie Davidson
Community Relations Manager
Wickenburg Community Hospital
Vaccine Eligibility Update
Wickenburg, AZ, January 18th, 2021 – Wickenburg Community Hospital (WCH) has been approved to become a Point of Dispensing (POD) Vaccination Site. There are several key logistical details that are in the planning stage as WCH continues to work with state and local partners in efforts to provide vaccine to the community.” Karen Smith RN, NMCC, LSSGB Manager, Infection Prevention and Employee Health Chair, Safety Subcommittee at Wickenburg Community Hospital states. “WCH does not currently have vaccine on hand and may be weeks away from finalizing all the required steps to be able to administer to community members.”
Now that WCH has been approved the next steps can be taken, which include but are not limited to, conducting planning meetings with representatives from the Maricopa County Health Department, Hospital clinical staff, Wickenburg Police and Wickenburg Fire. Staff must also complete trainings provided by the state related to using the state registration, consenting, and data submission program. WCH is also looking to partner with Adelante Clinics to discuss how vaccine can be delivered to the communities outside of Wickenburg that reside in Maricopa County. Once all the pre-planning is complete, the hospital will release registration information along with dates, times and the location of the clinic.
Those seeking vaccine immediately can utilize PODs that are already open. According to Maricopa County Public Department of Health & the CDC, “Maricopa County has opened appointments to the following prioritized groups:
• Adults age 75 and older
• K-12 school staff and childcare workers
• Law enforcement/protective services*
• Phase 1A populations
*This includes all sworn officers and government-employed security officers.
NOTE: Adults living in congregate settings and other essential workers (to be determined) will be prioritized for vaccination in Phase 1B after these groups.
In a release published by Arizona Department of Health Services on January 13, 2021 it was announced that, “Another 750,000 Arizonans 65 and older will be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination. Recommendation taking effect Tuesday, Jan. 19, …These additional Arizonans age 65 and older will be able to register for vaccine starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 in counties that are currently vaccinating those in prioritized Phase 1B of vaccination. However, counties are able to prioritize based on available vaccine, so it’s important to check on your county health department’s plans for vaccine prioritization.”
Those in groups prioritized for vaccination can register for appointments at podvaccine.azdhs.gov. Information about all vaccination sites across Arizona can be found at azhealth.gov/findvaccine. Those without computer access or needing extra help registering can call 1-844-542-8201.