Arizona is now vaccinating all individuals ages 12 and older (12 and older for the Pfizer vaccine, 18 and older for the Moderna and Janssen vaccines).
For a step-by-step video guide to registering for a vaccine appointment through AZDHS, click HERE. For technical support with the Arizona Department of Health Services’ vaccine portal, call (602) 542-1000 and for general information, call the Arizona COVID-19 hotline at 1-(844) 541-8201.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
When will I be able to be vaccinated?
• Arizona is now vaccinating all individuals ages 12 and older (12 and older for the Pfizer vaccine, 18 and older for the Moderna and Janssen vaccines).
• To determine if you are eligible and to make an appointment, you must register and follow the steps through the AZDHS Vaccine Registration website.
How much will the vaccine cost?
• All COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge to any eligible individual who wishes to receive them. If you are insured, your insurance may be billed but at no cost to you. No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay a vaccine administration fee.
Are children eligible for any of the COVID-19 vaccines?
• The Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals 12 and older. The Moderna vaccine has been approved for individuals 18 and older.
Do the vaccines require multiple shots?
• Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require a booster shot taken three to four weeks after the preliminary vaccination shot. Your medical provider will alert you when you should return for your booster shot. Failure to take the booster shot reduces the effectiveness of the vaccine significantly.
What if I only get one shot?
• One shot is likely to provide some protection against COVID-19, although the efficacy level is much lower than the 94 or 95 percent protection level. Individuals should ensure they receive the second shot in the recommended timeframe to provide maximum protection against contracting COVID-19.
Is there risk associated with the vaccine?
• While there are certainly some limited risks associated with taking the COVID-19 vaccine, no one in the clinical trials for the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines developed serious long-term side-effects from being vaccinated. Some participants reported some side effects like chills, muscle aches, and fever and these symptoms were more pronounced after the second booster shot. In almost all participants who experienced symptoms, these subsided within 24 hours. Regardless of the short-term side effects, the side effects from contracting COVID-19 are much more dangerous, including death.
After I get the vaccine, will I be able to return to normal life?
• Not immediately. Data does not exist yet as to whether one will be able to transmit COVID-19 to others when they are vaccinated, which means that an individual could be vaccinated and be an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19. For this reason, it is critical to continue to follow CDC and public health guidelines around social distancing and wearing a mask until the conclusion of the public health emergency.
Will I need to be vaccinated for COVID-19 every year, like a flu shot?
• It is too soon to answer this question. Right now, it is unknown how long the acquired immunity from a vaccine will last. Early estimates are that a vaccine could potentially provide at least a year’s worth of immunity, but it is possible that immunity will last much longer. However, it is possible that individuals will need to be vaccinated again in future years. It also appears possible that a booster shot may be necessary to counteract new strains of COVID-19.
What is an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)?
• An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is a mechanism that is utilized by the FDA to help expedite the initial approval of medical countermeasures, including vaccines, during public health emergencies. Through an EUA, FDA may allow the use of unapproved medical products to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases.
• This does not mean that products approved under an EUA are untested or unsafe. Vaccine manufacturers have had to submit significant amounts of data to the FDA proving the safety and efficacy of their products. It simply means that they have not gone through the normal approval process that other vaccines, prescription drugs, or medical equipment must seek in order to have their products approved for use by the American people.
• Other products, such as COVID-19 test kits and antibody tests have been approved through an EUA.
If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need a flu shot?
• Yes. The COVID-19 vaccine is designed only to prevent the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, not the seasonal flu. Because the COVID-19 vaccine will not protect you from the flu, you would need to consider receiving a flu shot. Consult your physician for further guidance.
These groups eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine at their local VA health facility:
- All Veterans
- Spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans
- Caregivers of Veterans. For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran. Caregivers may help a Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help a Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation.
- Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits
For more information, visit my Veterans page, HERE.
Tribal Allocations and Indian Health Service
• In November 2020, IHS released their IHS COVID-19 Pandemic Vaccine Plan.
• Tribes may choose to partner with either IHS or the state to vaccinate tribal residents. Tribes that choose to partner with the state must document and follow state regulations and guidelines. In times of limited vaccine supply, IHS is prioritizing:
o Phase 1a: health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
o Phase 1b: people ages 75 years and older and frontline essential workers.
o Phase 1c: people aged 65 years and older and people 16 to 64 years old who have high-risk medical conditions, and other essential workers.
• For more information, tribes and tribal leaders should visit the IHS Vaccination website.