As of January 6th the Gila County Health Department, Arizona National Guard, and community partners had administered 1,264 COVID-19 vaccinations to the residents that are in Group 1A and first two categories of Group 1B. The vaccination rate for Gila County is 2,292 per 100,000 which is the top rate in Arizona.
I would like to thank Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, Ponderosa Family Care, Hope Family Care, Genoa Healthcare, Banner Payson Medical Center, volunteers, Arizona National Guard, Health Department Staff, and all of our other community partners for administering the vaccine to the residents of Gila County.
As we plan our ongoing vaccinations for the remainder of this week and into next week, we will be working to complete Group 1A and continue our efforts to vaccinate the education & childcare workers and protective services individuals from Group 1B.
At this time, it is important to notify the residents and our community partners that the demand for the COVID-19 vaccine has far outpaced the production capabilities for the United States. In our daily communications with the Arizona Department of Health Services they have been notified by the CDC that the vaccine allocation for Arizona will be significantly reduced for the next several weeks. We are guaranteed vaccine allocations for the 2nd doses for those individuals that have already been vaccinated. Our COVID-19 vaccination team will continue their efforts to administer the vaccine 2nd dose and plan for additional clinics in Gila County when the vaccine allocations increase.
Moving forward, each week we will evaluate the newest allocations and plan for the most effective method to administer the vaccine in completing the groups we are currently working through. If these allocations support our efforts, we will continue to move through Group 1B into the next category of critical industry workers.
The Federal/State partnership with CVS and Walgreens pharmacies have begun their vaccination efforts in the Assisted Living Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities across Arizona.
Additional information will be posted and periodically updated on our Gila County Health & Emergency Management and Gila County Facebook pages as well as on www.Readygila.com