YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Dr. Cara Christ announced a major way to expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Starting next week, doctor’s offices and vaccination providers can order doses directly from the CDC.
This comes as the state topped five million doses administered statewide. More than 140-thousand in Yuma County which is 36% of the population.
Providers will have to be registered with ADHS.
As of Friday, 45 eligible providers in Yuma County have completed the onboarding process. That’s out of the nearly 12-hundred neighborhood providers currently registered across Arizona.
Not all healthcare providers will be eligible to order the covid-19 vaccine at this time.
However, the Yuma County Public Health Director recommends all offices and family medicine clinics register to begin the process.
“You will have the opportunity to dialogue with your healthcare provider because you'll be able to get it maybe during a regular visit or scheduled," Diana Gomez explained. "A lot of times when we give that guidance of having that conversation with their healthcare provider, it's because a person has maybe a concern or maybe they're hesitant because maybe they have an underlying condition that those of us in the clinic may not know about, but your healthcare provider would definitely know about,” Gomez continued.
During the first week, more than 100-thousand Moderna doses are expected to be available for ordering.
The Moderna vaccine works well in office settings due to its storage requirements.
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