/ Modified jan 10, 2021 3:06 p.m.

Half of Arizona counties in phase 1B for vaccines

About 2% of the residents have been vaccinated.

360 covid vaccine dose A health care worker holds a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination event at Banner - University Medicine North on Dec. 17, 2020.
Tony DiRusso/AZPM Staff

Seven of Arizona’s 15 counties have moved into Phase 1B for COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Arizona Department of Health Services web page says Phase 1B includes education and childcare workers, protective services occupations, adults over the age of 75, essential serve and critical industry workers, and adults with high-risk conditions living in congregate facilities.

According to AZDHS, 2.04% of the state has received the first dose of the vaccine. In Pima County, that number is a full percentage point higher.

Pima County officials expect the county to enter Phase 1B by the end of the week. They said they expect to move to the next phase by March.

Pima County is setting up additional vaccination sites in the coming days to handle the higher numbers of people needing vaccines.

Scientists say 65-70% of the population will have to get the vaccine before herd immunity is achieved.

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