Gila County Health & Emergency Management COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Sheet:
Q: What vaccine is Gila County using?
A: At this time, we are being sent and administering Moderna vaccine only.
Q: What group is Gila County in for administering the COVID-19 Vaccine?
A: Gila County has offically moved into Group 1B and is working with our community partners to complete the Education & Childcare Workers and Protective Services sub-groups.
Q: How many vaccines are being sent to the Gila County Health Department each week?
A: The number of vaccines each county recieves from the CDC and ADHS is based on a population formula. Recently, all County Health Department were notified by ADHS that their vaccine allocations were being dramtically reduced. This reduction was due to demand for the vaccine outpacing the production. At this time Gila County will be receiving only 300 vaccine doses each week for the next 4-6 weeks. Gila County Health Department Director, Michael O’Driscoll, has sent an official request to ADHS for additional vaccines.
Q: How will this reduction in vaccine affect the residents of Gila County?
A: This will have no effect on how the vaccine is admistered. However, this reduction will limit the number of vaccines we can administer and will slow down our ability to work through the current 1B Group due to the large population of essential workers and residents over the age of 75.
Q: Was there a change in when 65 and older individuals are eligible to receive the vaccine?
A: In a press briefing on Tuesday, January 12, outgoing Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar put forward new recommendations for everyone 65 and older and people under 65 with documented chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, cancer, chronic lung disease, and heart disease.
Q: What does the change in when 65 and older individuals and people under 65 with documented chronic health conditions mean to residents to Gila County?
A: Due to the size of the populations in our Group 1B focus areas combined with the the amount of vaccine needed is far greater than we are receiving, we will continue our efforts to work with our community partners to begin vaccinating the 75 and older population as well as the newly added 65 and older population but progress will be very slow.
Q: How come the Gila County Health Department does not have a list of planned vaccination clinics?
A: Vaccine is in such short supply right now that we can only plan clinics when we know how many vaccines are allocated to us each week. In addition, the 300 vaccines we receive each week is split between our community partners, so we can administer what little vaccine we have in both Northern and Southern Gila County.
Q: Is there a phone number or website we can use to sign up for the vaccine or be put on a waiting list?
A: Not at this time. Up to this point our vaccine distribution in Group 1A and 1B have been completed through closed Point of Distribution (POD’s), closed meaning that the individuals getting vaccinated were known to the Gila County Health Department and a registration system was not needed. When we can move further into Group 1B we will be utilizing a vaccine management tool provided to us by ADHS. This vaccine management tool requires a date to put inputted into the system to generate open registrations. At this time, we do not have enough vaccine on hand or known allotments of the vaccine to begin scheduling open POD’s.
Q: How will I know what group Gila County is in for administering COVID-19 vaccine?
A: The Gila County Health Department utilizes Facebook postings, County website updates, and press releases to notify the residents. Information will be posted and periodically updated on our Gila County Health & Emergency Management and Gila County Facebook page as well as on www.Readygila.com
Q: Are the staff and residents of long-term care and skilled nursing facilities being vaccinated?
A: The Federal Government has contracted with CVS and Walgreens to administer the vaccine to this group and all the licensed long-term care and skilled nursing facilities in Gila County have signed agreements with CVS and Walgreens to have the COVID-19 vaccine administered to their staff and residents. This process has begun across AZ and each facility will be working directly with CVS and/or Walgreens to get their residents and staff vaccinated.