Phase 1BPima County is currently in Phase 1B, more specifically 1B.1, of its COVID-19 vaccination plan, with special emphasis on communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus. In Phase 1A, the county vaccinated high-risk health-care workers.
Phase 1B.1 is divided into five groups, the first three of which have rolled out simultaneously. Here is a breakdown of these categories:
Phase 1B.1.a — Adults 75 and older due to their higher risk for hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID‐19.
Phase 1B.1.b — Protective service workers, which include law enforcement personnel, firefighters, emergency response staffers, and corrections and court personnel.
Phase 1B.1.c — Teachers and school staffers, educators in higher education and trade schools, and paid child care workers.
Phase 1B.1.d.1 — Adults 70 years and older with an elevated risk of hospitalization, illness and death from COVID-19.
Phase 1B.1.d.2 — Adults 65 years and older with an elevated risk of hospitalization, illness and death from COVID-19.
Upon the completion of the groups in Phases 1B.1, the next priority groups to be vaccinated will be those in Phase 1B.2, which is divided into two groups: