Desert Ridge Family Physicians is committed to continuing to provide superior care to you and your family throughout the pandemic. Your well-being and safety, as well as that of our entire community, is our highest priority.
As the COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out, you may have questions. This page is intended to share the information that we have. As we are in the midst of the largest and fastest vaccination effort in history, information changes almost daily. We will work to keep you updated with the most up to date information as it is provided to us.
At this time, there are two vaccines available. Both are mRNA vaccines, one made by Pfizer and the other by Moderna. Both require two doses and they are NOT interchangeable.
Currently, vaccines are being distributed by the state and counties through a phased approach which is outlined on their website. https://www.maricopa.gov/5641/COVID-19-Vaccine
Maricopa County is currently in the early stage of Phase 1B. Persons eligible to receive a COVID vaccine are:
- Healthcare workers and EMS
- Long term care facility staff and residents
- Teachers and childcare providers (contact your employer for specific details and schedule )
- Law enforcement ((contact your employer for specific details and schedule )
- Adults ages 75 and older
Outlined below is the overview of vaccine prioritization
Phase 1A began in December 2020. Healthcare workers, emergency medical services workers and long-term care facility staff & residents have begun to receive COVID-19 vaccines. As of January 13, more than 96,000 doses have been given in Maricopa County. Vaccinations thus far have been provided at 5 POD sites (Points of Dispensing) throughout the valley. These sites have the capacity, both physical space and staff, to administer vaccine to almost 1500 people each day.
Phase 1B began on January 11. The following groups are being prioritized to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at this time:
- Adults age 75 and older
- Education and Childcare workers
- Law enforcement and protective services
Adults with high-risk medical conditions, living in congregate settings will follow.
Vaccines are being administered at the POD sites currently . In addition, large groups such as school districts and police departments are working directly with the county and their partners to coordinate vaccine for their eligible employees.
Desert Ridge Family Physicians is not currently designated to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations during Phase 1B. We are working with the county to be able to administer COVID vaccines out of our clinic. Once we are able to administer vaccine at our clinic, we will be required to abide by the Maricopa County criteria for eligibility. We anticipate being able to offer the vaccine to our qualified patients in early March. Once we are able to administer vaccine from our clinic, we will notify our patients who meet the county criteria by email as well as posting on our website
Alternatively, you may register and schedule through the county or state to receive the vaccine at one of their PODs (point of distribution). https://www.maricopa.gov/5641/COVID-19-Vaccine
Temporary Residents, such as winter visitors, will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Maricopa County if all other requirements are met.
Phase 1C is anticipated to begin in March, possibly sooner. The following groups will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Maricopa County during this phase:
- Adults age 65 and older
- Adults of any age with high-risk medical conditions
Community physician offices and pharmacies are expecting to assist with the vaccination effort beginning in Phase 1C.
Desert Ridge Family Physicians has been approved to receive and administer COVID-19 vaccines once the county begins allocation to community physician office. We are working to set up the necessary infrastructure to support a smooth and organized process.
Phase 2 will follow Phase 1C, and is anticipated to begin in the Spring 2021. The following groups will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Maricopa County during this phase:
- Other high risk groups not yet vaccinated
- General adult population
By this time, it is expected that vaccine supply will be greater and community physician offices will assist with the vaccination effort.