It’s never been easier to get a COVID-19 vaccination
This past week brought great news for Arizonans in the fight against COVID-19. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced that appointments are no longer required at state COVID-19 vaccination sites*, although they are still recommended. Plus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted the temporary “pause” on the Johnson & Johnson Janssen (J&J Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine.
No Appointment Necessary
Due to the availability of appointments at state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites, ADHS is encouraging people to visit any time during operating hours to get their vaccine.
Locations and hours of state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites in the Phoenix area, Flagstaff, Tucson, and Yuma are available at azdhs.gov/FindVaccine
If you prefer to register to get your vaccine, you may do so by going to azdhs.gov
, or you can call the ADHS vaccine hotline at 480-573-0332,
; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Make sure you wait for a representative to help you schedule an appointment.
The vaccine is $0 for Blue Cross®
of Arizona (BCBSAZ) members.
Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine back in distribution
The recommended pause for use of J&J Janssen COVID-19 vaccine has been lifted by the CDC and the FDA.
Dr. James Napoli, Chief Medical Officer at BCBSAZ, shared, “After a brief pause in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the FDA and CDC agree that the single-shot vaccine meets their standards for safety, effectiveness, and quality. BCBSAZ advises all eligible Arizonans to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.”
According to the CDC, as of April 23, 2021, more than eight million doses of the J&J Janssen COVID-19 vaccine have been given in the U.S. During the vaccine distribution pause, health experts reviewed safety reports for this vaccine and found 15 reports of women who got the J&J Janssen
vaccine and later developed thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). TTS is a condition that involves blood clots with low platelets.
These reports show a very low rate of seven cases per one million (.0007%) vaccinations among women 18 through 49 years old and an even lower rate of 0.9 per one million (.00009%) vaccinations among women 50 years and older. For all women, this is an extremely rare side effect. For women 50 years and older and men of all ages, it is even more rare.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
For more information about COVID-19, vaccines, and how you can protect yourself and your family, visit azblue.com/coronavirus.
* State-run sites offer the Pfizer vaccine, which is available to those age 16 and older. Other sites may offer the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines, which are approved for those 18 and older.
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Last Updated: 05/03/2021