As Vaccinations Expand, More Undocumented Arizonans To Become Eligible

Published: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 5:41pm
Updated: Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 6:46am
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Arizona’s most populous county says it will soon make COVID-19 vaccines available to people who do a wider variety of essential jobs, like teaching.

The state is home to a large undocumented workforce that will more and more be vaccine-eligible as the so-called Phase 1B distribution expands beyond.

The state health director referred to the undocumented population as high-priority, and said last week that Arizona will work with unnamed partners to develop targeted messaging about getting vaccinated.

Maricopa County plans to draw from it's long list of partners too, said Medical Director Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine.

“We also work with companies who operate what we call closed pods,” she said. The pods have been used for years. “Where the people will vaccinate the people who work for them.”

A state health department spokesperson said they're in the early stages of building a campaign to convince high-risk populations, like undocumented people, that vaccines are safe and they work.

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