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Pima County alters vaccine plan, announces severe cuts to first doses
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Pima County alters vaccine plan, announces severe cuts to first doses

The line wended though the parking lots and along the southeastern doors and windows outside the Tucson Convention Center as hundreds waited in line for hours to get the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 4, 2021. The age cut off for vaccination was lowered to 70 years of age.

Pima County will make severe cuts to the number of people who can receive the first dose of the COVID-19 shot, due to vaccine rationing by the state.

“The lack of predictability and weekly fluctuations in vaccine supply has impacted our ability to commit to vaccination schedules that accommodate the needs of our community,” County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry wrote in a memo Friday to the Board of Supervisors.

CDC Says Fully Vaccinated People Don't Need to Quarantine if Exposed to COVID-19

CDC Says Fully Vaccinated People Don't Need to Quarantine if Exposed to COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance on Feb. 10. Normally, when a healthy person is exposed to coronavirus, it is best to isolate from others for one to two weeks to monitor the development of any symptoms. This helps to stop the spread of COVID-19. The CDC now says that if an individual is exposed to COVID-19 within three months of receiving their last vaccine dose and isn't exhibiting symptoms, isolating is not necessary. It is still recommended to continue wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding crowds. The guidance acknowledges that the risk of fully vaccinated people spreading the virus is "still uncertain" but asserts the vaccine's importance in stopping symptomatic transmission. Vaccination has been demonstrated to prevent symptomatic Covid-19; symptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission is thought to have a greater role in transmission than purely asymptomatic transmission, CDC, via statement

A new distribution plan is being made and will focus on getting vaccine to the most vulnerable first, then people needing second doses, following with first doses for people 70 and older, then vaccinations for people 65 and over.

Dr. Theresa Cullen, the county’s health director, said the reduced vaccine supply from the state will bring the county’s accelerated vaccination plan to nearly a halt in coming weeks if the federal supply doesn't grow and, thereby, the state’s supply doesn’t increase.

“Bottom line is we need more vaccine, but I’m sympathetic to the state’s dilemma. There just isn’t enough to meet all the needs,” Cullen said.

The Arizona Daily Star will update this story later today.

Contact reporter Patty Machelor at 806-7754 or

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