County Gets 8,000 Moderna Doses;
1,700 Johnson & Johnson Doses Next Week
Kingman 2nd Dose Event Wednesday;
Lake Havasu City Event Upcoming
MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ (March 5, 2021) – MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ (March 5, 2021) –Mohave County will receive 8,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine next week, plus 1,700 doses of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine. All of the vaccine is expected to arrive by Wednesday.
County Health Director, Denise Burley said, “Although a scarcity of the vaccine remains, and the demand remains high, appointments can be difficult to obtain. We believe the higher allocations, addition of vaccination events, and the continued improved efficiency of our skilled providers are positive steps in the right direction. Additionally, recent and upcoming planned vaccination events in the county are also going to be extremely beneficial.”
Among others, Burley is referring to the successful Mohave County and Safeway vaccination event that was held on Wednesday in Bullhead City, in which 320 second doses and 180 first dose appointments were filled and shots in the arm were then successfully carried out. Also, next Wednesday (March 10) from 8:00AM to 4:00PM, the County teams up with Safeway again at the County Fairgrounds in Kingman. This is a second dose event for individuals who received their first does at the February 10 Fairgrounds event. A similar event for first doses is planned for Lake Havasu City in the near future.
The allocation process to distribute the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will follow the same model as used for the Moderna vaccine. Due to the very limited allocation of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, not all providers will receive this vaccine next week. Recipients may have a choice between the two; however, the MCDPH recommends taking the first available option. If an individual has questions regarding the vaccine, they should consult their provider. Both available vaccines have proven to be highly effective in preventing severe cases, hospitalizations, and death from COVID-19.
Burley says that as of today, 88.6% of the vaccine that has arrived in Mohave County from the State has been successfully administered. For many weeks, the county received only 3,000 doses from the State. The upcoming week is the 2nd week in a row that 8,000 doses of Moderna were allocated and will be the first time Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine will be administered as well.
Mohave County continues restricting eligibility for the vaccine to all individuals in the 1A category and those in the 1B sub-categories, Protective Services Occupations, those 65 Years and Older and Educators/Child Care Workers. These restrictions are necessary at this time due to the high demand for the vaccine in the 65 & Older group and the scarcity of the vaccine itself.
Here is the current list of the vaccine providers and how to make appointments via phone and website: https://www.mohavecounty.us/ContentPage.aspx?id=127&cid=1444&page=2&rid=2230
Also, the County Call Center is available for help for those having difficulty using the Internet to make an appointment. 928-753-8665.