PHOENIX – Maricopa County Public Health sent a mysterious tweet on Thursday afternoon, suggesting that those who received their first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at one of their five POD sites may fail to receive their second dose on time or even in the same place.
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The tweet says they will let people know when delivery becomes available, but even suggests those looking for a second dose start looking elsewhere for an appointment.
1/2 Whenever possible, we make notifications of the availability of a 2nd dose based on the date of the 1st dose for those vaccinated in our regional PODs. This is a slow process, but as the supply of vaccines increases and we can add more applications / sites, more will be notified. https://t.co/1mvPiq8O5B
– Public Health (@Maricopahealth) January 21, 2021
This shocked us, as we are sure it does a lot of you, so we turned to the county officials for clarity.
Here is Maricopa County Health’s statement on our issues:
Marikopa County opens more vaccinations and opportunities when the vaccine becomes available. Marikopa County works with our partners in the healthcare system, retail pharmacies and other vaccinators to establish vaccination events and access points to provide second doses to individuals who cannot receive their second dose in POD. Once more vaccines become available, we will be able to open more meetings, in addition to what is available elsewhere in the community. Those who have received their first dose will be notified when a vaccine is available to plan their second dose. If you have been vaccinated as part of phase 1A or 1B at a regional site in Maricopa County (not at a State Farm stadium) and need to plan your second dose but have not yet contacted, please complete this form. We are actively working with partners to expand the possibilities for 2nd dose vaccination, as more vaccines are available. Note: If you have been vaccinated at State Farm Stadium, see the AZDHS website for their notification process for second dose appointments.
Although it is recommended that you have your second dose where you received the first, we know that it can be difficult if appointments are limited or not available on these sites. The most important thing is to plan your second dose on the spot, which provides the same vaccine manufacturer as the first dose [All of the county regional PODs and 24/7 ADHS State Farm POD use Pfizer vaccine]. At the first dose appointment, you should receive a vaccination card that tells you the type of vaccine you have received and the date it was given. Depending on the type of vaccine, you will need a second dose from 21 days (Pfizer) to 28 days (Moderna) later. Your second dose should be from the same vaccine.
According to the CDC / ACIP guidelines, there is no maximum interval between the first and second dose for any of the vaccines. It is recommended that you receive your second dose of vaccine 21 days (Pfizer) to 28 days (Moderna) after the first dose. However, due to the supply and demand for vaccines for first dose appointments, we know that this may not always be possible. Receiving this second dose is important to achieve the full protective benefits of the vaccine, so plan it as soon as you are able. Check the availability of schedules on our vaccine location page or use the ADHS Vaccine Finder.
We have information on those who have received their vaccines on the Maricopa POD sites. Marikopa County communicates with the state (registration system) and we will contact those who have not planned their 2nd dose when the vaccine becomes available.