Phoenix-Maricopa County Public Health Department issued a mysterious tweet on Thursday afternoon suggesting that those who received the first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at one of the five POD sites may not get the second dose in time, or even In the same location
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The tweet goes on to say that they will notify individuals as soon as there is a supply, but even advises those seeking a second dose to start looking elsewhere for dating.
1/2 if possible, we will notify the availability of the second dose application based on the date of the first dose at the regional POD. This is a slow process, but as the supply of vaccines increases and we can add more apps/locations, more notifications will be received. https://t.co/1mvPiq8O5B
— Public Health (@Maricopahealth) January 21, 2021
We were sure we would do a lot of things, which shocked us, so we communicated with county officials for clarification.
This is a statement from the Maricopa County Department of Health on our issue:
With the advent of vaccines, Maricopa County is opening up more candidates and vaccine opportunities. Maricopa County is working with our health system partners, retail pharmacies and other vaccinators to establish vaccination campaigns and access points to provide second doses to individuals who cannot get a second dose at the POD. Once more vaccines are available, we will be able to open more appointments in addition to services provided elsewhere in the community. People who get the first dose will be notified when the vaccine is available to schedule the second dose. If you were vaccinated as a Phase 1A or 1B vaccination at a POD site in Maricopa County (not State Farm Stadium) and need to schedule the second dose, but you have not yet contacted you, please fill out this form. As more vaccines are launched, we are actively working with partners to expand the opportunities for the second dose of vaccination. Note: If you were vaccinated at the State Farm Stadium, please refer to the AZDHS website for the notification process regarding the second dose appointment.
Although it is recommended that you receive the second medication at the place where you took the first medication, we understand that it may be difficult if there are limited or no appointments at these locations.Most importantly, you should schedule the second dose at the location of the vaccine manufacturer that provided the same vaccine as the first dose [All of the county regional PODs and 24/7 ADHS State Farm POD use Pfizer vaccine]. When you take the medicine for the first time, you should receive a vaccine card, which will tell you the type of vaccine you received and the date of administration. Depending on the type of vaccine, you need to get another dose after 21 days (Pfizer) to 28 days (Moderna). Your second dose must use the same vaccine.
According to CDC/ACIP guidelines, there is no maximum interval between the first and second doses of the two vaccines. It is recommended that you receive the second dose of vaccine 21 days (Pfizer) to 28 days (Moderna) after the first dose. However, due to the supply and demand of vaccines, we know this is not always possible. Taking the second dose is important to get the full protective benefits of the vaccine, so please schedule it as soon as possible. Check plan availability on our vaccine location page or use the ADHS vaccine finder.
We provide information to people vaccinated at POD sites in Maricopa County. Maricopa County is communicating with the state (registration system), we will arrange 2nd With the use of the vaccine, the dose increased.