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COVID-19 Vaccines Q&A

Pima County is providing COVID-19 Vaccinations in a priority order guided by the state of Arizona. The Q&A includes both Pima-related questions and general questions.

The Pima County Health Department also has a tremendous amount of information on their pages that you might find helpful:

The Arizona Department of Health Services also has additional information. 

PCC COVID-19 Vaccines Q&A

Am I eligible to get the vaccine?

Vaccine eligibility in Pima County is open to everyone 12 years and older.

Note: Only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for 12- to 17-year-olds. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who can provide consent to administer the vaccine.

Is the vaccine mandatory for Pima Community College faculty, staff and students?

The vaccine is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged. It will be the fastest way we can reopen our campuses.

Do I need to let Pima know I have received the vaccine?

No. Not at this time.

How do I prove I have had the vaccine?

You will be given a card for each vaccine that includes the date and the type of vaccine you received and whether it was your first or second dose.

Is there a cost to the vaccine?

You will be asked for your insurance card, but currently there is no charge if you do not have insurance or Medicare.

Where will I get my vaccine?

In Tucson, the county has established vaccination sites at the University of Arizona, Tucson Convention Center, Tucson Medical Center, Kino Stadium (Banner South), and Banner Cancer Center (Banner North). More are planned. Other vaccination locations throughout Arizona can be found on the Arizona Department of Health Services site.

Will vaccines be available at the College?

The county is considering Pima Community College as a vaccination site, when additional vaccines are available and personnel to administer the vaccine can be identified. It will likely be the West Campus, which currently has a COVID-19 testing site in partnership with Arizona State University. We do not yet have a timetable for that decision.

How safe am I returning to campus if the vaccine is not mandatory?

The college has no plans to return to campus all at once, it will be a gradual return as conditions allow. Further, until we reach “herd immunity,” we will continue to follow all of our safety procedures: use of face coverings, controlled check in, temperature checks and physical distancing.

If or when I am eligible, how do I sign up to get the vaccine?

If you are in Pima County, you have 3 options:

  1. Register through the Pima County Health Department site. You will complete a questionnaire. In a few days you will get an email from TMC MyCharts, a health department partner, that will allow you to register for an appointment.
  2. Learn more about some pharmacies that are beginning to provide vaccines.
  3. Register through Banner Health. Banner Health also requires a questionnaire. You will receive an email that allows you to register for an appointment.

If you live elsewhere in Arizona, you can register through the Arizona Department of Health.

What should I expect after I receive the vaccine?

The CDC has details on what to expect after you receive the vaccine. 

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