Pima County vaccination push phasing out use of large sites

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In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a shot as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. On Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, a panel of independent experts is meeting to discuss a vaccine made by Moderna. The panel's review for the Food and Drug Administration is the next-to-last step before the agency decides whether the shots can be used on an emergency basis. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Pima County is phasing out mass vaccination sites as health officials increasingly focus on permanent health care facilities such as pharmacies, doctors’ offices and clinics to vaccinate the remainder of the Tucson area’s population.

County officials said Friday that nearly 70% of residents 18 or older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and that vaccination rates among those 65 or older were at almost 93%.

So-called points of distribution were closed late last month at the University of Arizona, Udall Center, El Pueblo Library and Tucson Mall, while one such site at Kino Event Center is being shifted to the Abrams Public Health Center.

Other clinics as well as pop-up sites continue to provide vaccinations.

June 26 was the last day of operation for two vaccination sites operated by the county and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The mass-vaccination site on the university campus administered one of every four vaccinations in the county.

Arizona on Saturday reported 645 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 14 more deaths, increasing the state’s pandemic totals to 896,518 cases and 17,975 deaths, There were 520 COVID-19 occupying hospital beds as of Friday.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.