Vaccination

Rebecca McAninch of Florence receives a COVID-19 vaccine from “Dr. Ted” on Feb. 11 at the Florence Community Center. The doctor, from North Carolina, said he’s met “all kinds of cool people” receiving vaccinations here.

FLORENCE -- More than 100,000 vaccine doses have been administered in Pinal County, the county's top health official says.

As of Friday Pinal County Public Health community vaccine partners had given out 101,450 doses of the Moderna vaccine, county Health Director Tascha Spears said.

"While this includes both first and second doses, it is a milestone on the path towards achieving herd immunity and gives us all hope of enjoyable times to come," Spears said in her weekly newsletter.

Spears said the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be limited in supply until the end of the month.

"However, we are receiving good supplies of Moderna at all vaccine locations," she said.

Spears said that appointments are still limited in the county and health officials are working to expand options for residents.

"We have continued to request more pharmacy vaccination locations in Pinal and ADHS (Arizona Department of Health Services) has forwarded our requests to the pharmacy corporate offices, she said.

Monday a 77-year-old resident of Surprise was the recipient of the 500,000th dose at State Farm Stadium. Overall, Arizona has administered more than 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses since early December.

Arizona’s mass vaccination sites have been championed as a national model by President Joe Biden. Researchers at the Belfer Center at Harvard University have given the state an ‘A’ grade in vaccine response, including categories of vaccines per capita and time to vaccinate those eligible.

As of March, Arizonans 55 and older along with frontline essential workers are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Additional doses have been distributed to vaccination sites, drug stores and pharmacies in urban and rural areas around Arizona.

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