ADHS Adds Online ‘Eligibility Checker’ for COVID-19 Vaccine

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Health Services has added a new tool to its website, a vaccine eligibility checker.

The tool allows you to enter your age group and offers a list of occupations to choose from to see if you are eligible. The list of occupations includes grocery store workers, airline workers, bank tellers, and many more.

ABC15 data guru Garrett Archer says the list of occupations appears to be limited to essential services, but AZDHS says this is not the final list of essential workers eligible in the Phase 1B category when State POD and Maricopa County are moving to Phase 1B.

It is not clear whether this list relates only to sites managed by the state or the state as a whole.

One problem that experts have pointed out is that, in its current format, it is not possible to differentiate eligibility based on county.

This is a real problem because some countries are in different phases and have slightly changed the groups they favor for the vaccine.

“We decided three or four weeks ago to move [funeral workers] under healthcare workers, because we were concerned about the potential exposure to them, “said Dr Theresa Cullen, Pima County health director.” So my concern about a site like this -Here is that there is no place I can enter in my county to indicate if there is a difference in the interpretation of the county of who is eligible or not. “

The lack of nuance could create more confusion, as all funeral workers in Pima County, regardless of age, are eligible for the vaccine, but would appear “ineligible” if they looked at the “verifier.”

“And you also have a county of Gila that’s already in phase 1C, where all of these [occupations] would be eligible and more, ”said Garrett Archer.

“In some situations it will have minimal impact, but in other situations it would be great if this could be changed to make sure it reflects what the county is doing,” Dr Cullen said.

Like many website pages related to COVID-19, this is probably not the final version of the state.

It’s a start, and officials hope it will make it easier for people to navigate the process and get vaccinated quickly.

“I think the state is trying to do the right thing here. I think it’s very important to try to make everyone aware of their place in the priority system,” said Dr Cullen.

The move comes as more places start to offer COVID-19 vaccines. CVS announced Wednesday the opening of eight sites in Arizona to administer vaccines against the coronavirus starting Thursday.

The locations that are now open are in Apache Junction, Chandler, Laveen, Phoenix, Surprise, Bullhead City, Tucson, and Yuma. As of Wednesday evening, three locations were already booked, but CVS says they are working to expand as supply increases.

To use the vaccine eligibility checker, click here.