PHOENIX – Arizona health authorities decided Wednesday to lower the age requirement for eligibility for the COVID-19 phase 1B vaccination to 65 as of Tuesday.
The change will open up vaccine opportunities for more than 750,000 Arizonans, the state health department confirmed Wednesday.
Health authorities reported 191 deaths on Wednesday.
Those in eligible counties will be able to register for the vaccine beginning at 9 am Tuesday.
“As more vaccines arrive in Arizona, we will continue to refine our plan to maximize the benefits of this still limited resource,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services in a press release.
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As of Tuesday, 12 of the 15 Arizona counties had moved to phase 1B of the vaccination plan. Maricopa County was limiting vaccinations to 1B’s priority segment: educators, child care providers, law enforcement, and adults 75 and older. About 750,000 people fall into those categories, according to state estimates.