COVID-19 vaccine distribution begins in Maricopa County

Maricopa County is rolling out the first round of vaccinations to health care workers on Dec. 17, marking a big day in the battle against the COVID-19 virus.

The distributions will take place at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, and 27,000 workers who are eligible have been prescreened to receive the vaccination so far. They are in the 1A, or first phase, group that will get priority for the vaccine.

The first phase of vaccinations will take several weeks. 18,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were delivered Monday in Arizona and on Tuesday, 25,000 more doses arrived. 

Shipments will keep on coming to the state.

A Moderna vaccine will be added to other vaccine stations once approved by the Centers for Disease Control.

Health experts say while the vaccine is a promising step in beating the pandemic, people still need to remain vigilant and follow safety protocols.

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