WCH COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
Those in groups prioritized for vaccination can register for appointments at podvaccine.azdhs.gov or may call
1-844-542-8201 or dial 211.
***If you do not see appointments for the Wickenburg location, that means all have been booked and there are no openings at that time. Please continue to check the website for open appointments.
Wickenburg Community Hospital is excited to begin offering public vaccine clinics on behalf of the Arizona Department of Health Services. The organization is grateful for the opportunity to assist in the distribution process in our rural community.
WHEN: The first public clinic will be held on March 3rd, 2021 with multiple to follow well into early summer. These will continue to be scheduled as the need deems it necessary and vaccine is available.
WHERE: Inside the Wickenburg Community Hospital activity room, all scheduled patients must utilize the community entrance found on the North side, off Bralliar Road – between the main entrance and the rehabilitation center.
WHAT to Bring: All patients must have state confirmation of appointment, along with a photo ID and insurance card (if applicable) and a face covering.
Points of Clarification:
Those in groups prioritized for vaccination still need to register for appointments at podvaccine.azdhs.gov or may call 1-844-542-8201 or dial 211.
Wickenburg Community Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital that can, and has, taken care of COVID-19 patients.
For those patients who need a higher level of care, the providers in the Emergency Department and the Hospitalists on the Acute Care Unit work with the Arizona Department of Health Services SurgeLine to facilitate the transfer of any patient who requires a higher level of care (For example, a patient who needs to be in Intensive Care for Ventilator services).
Infection Prevention Guidelines:
• The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet). Using physical distancing strategies helps minimize that close contact where droplets can transmit disease.
• Wear masks in public settings to reduce the potential for spreading the disease. The Maricopa Mask Mandate continues to be in effect.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay at home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) and immediately throw the tissue in the trash and disinfect your hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Avoid congregating in groups. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.
Symptoms and Severity:
Illness can be severe and require hospitalization, but most individuals recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids, and taking pain and fever-reducing medications. These symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure and can include: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include: difficulty getting enough air, chest pain, change in alertness or responsiveness, bluish lips or face, rapid breathing.
*These symptom lists are not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Primary Care – 928-668-1833 – Providers are available Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm. Telehealth Visits are also being offered.
Emergency Care – 928-684-5421 – Providers are available 24/7 – If you are experiencing an emergency please dial 911.
COVID-19 CONFIRMED CASES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Community Relations Manager
Wickenburg Community Hospital
Wickenburg, AZ, March 2nd, 2021 – Wickenburg Community Hospital (WCH) will have the first public COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on March 3rd, 2021 with multiple clinics to follow. “The State of AZ has been receiving limited doses of vaccine with no promise as to the quantity of vaccine doses WCH will receive.” Karen Smith RN, NMCC, LSSGB Manager, Infection Prevention and Employee Health Chair, Safety Subcommittee at Wickenburg Community Hospital states. “Appointments will be made available based on the amount of vaccine allocated to WCH. If you have not been able to register for a vaccine at WCH, please continue to check back through the State’s website as we will open additional appointments as we receive additional vaccine.”
The first round of public clinic appointments have been opened through the Arizona Health Department’s registration website (podvaccine.azdhs.gov) and are being reserved quickly. If no appointment slots come up on that site, this means all appointments have been booked. Those not able to use a computer may schedule by phone at 1-844-542-8201 or dial 211.
On Monday, March 1st, Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced that Beginning March 2 ADHS will open 50,000 vaccination appointments at State Farm and Phoenix Municipal Stadium for those 55 and older.
“Despite the State lowering the age group to 55 and above, WCH will only be able to take registration for persons age 65 and older at this time. Our community still has a large number of age 65 and older persons in need of the vaccine.” Karen Smith explains vaccine eligibility at WCH vaccine clinics by stating, “We must prioritize getting vaccine to these community members. Once WCH receives additional vaccine, we will be able to expand our vaccine events to include additional qualifying groups into our registration process.”
The CDC has great tools and information, please review below.
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